For that reason, Green's latest release, I Can't Stop, is automatically intriguing. For the first time since 1976, Green and his old producer Willie Mitchell have collaborated on a secular album, and they have made a point of resurrecting many of the old elements: Mitchell's legendary Royal Studios, the Royal Horns, and a band lineup that includes the underrated brilliance of guitarist Mabon "Teenie" Hodges.
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I Can't Stop
I Can't Stop finds Green content and engaging, but not pushing himself as a songwriter. Tracks like the title song and "Million to One" would be fairly generic old-skool soul thumpers if they didn't have Green's voice on top. And the few songwriting surprises are mildly unsettling, particularly the way "I'd Write a Letter" sounds like a dead ringer for Blood Sweat and Tears' "Spinning Wheel." Only on the aching ballads "Not Tonight" and "Rainin' in My Heart" does Green approach the emotional power of his best work. But even when he is on cruise control, Green never lets you forget that he's the last of the great soul men. •