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Perfect Angel by Minnie Riperton
Released: Jun 1974
Label: Capitol Records
Minnie Riperton's first major hit followed years of commercially ignored work, from leading '60s sunshine pop group Rotary Connection to singing backup for Stevie Wonder. Wonder repaid the favor by producing Perfect Angel, and "Reasons" and "Perfect Angel" bear his easy funk sound. But Riperton's soaring five-octave range is the key. Her idealistic views on love and life give "Take A Little Trip" and "The Edge of a Dream" a comfy, fireside vibe reminiscent of '70s folk pop. Even the sickly-sweet '70s chestnut "Lovin' You" sounds beautiful within the context of this remarkable breakthrough.
Mosi Reeves
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