Q - 10/99, p.161
Included in Q Magazine's Best Motown Records Of All Time - "...sophisticated....the album is...perfect for the witching hour; warmly seductive and suavely sexy without a hint of sleaze, topped with Robinson's high, airy vocal..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.67
"[I]ts smooth grooves fused relaxed soul rhythms and pop melodies in expansive fusion arrangements and vibraphone and flute added a burnished, dreamlike glow..."
Personnel: Smokey Robinson (vocals); Marv Tarplin (guitar); Michael Jacobsen (electric cello); Fred Smith (winds, horns); Russ Turner (keyboards); Joseph A. Brown, Jr., Gene Pello (drums); James "Aliba" Sledge (bongos, congos).
Smokey Robinson invented a style of songwriting and singing that influenced artists as diverse as James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Boyz ll Men and Linda Ronstadt, to name just a few. Smokey's gentle, sensual vocals are effortlessly delivered but completely captivating. No less an authority and devoted fan than Bob Dylan once called Smokey Robinson, "the greatest living poet in a America today." 1975's A QUIET STORM contains all the patented Smokey touches: the sweet irresistible melodies; the slow-dancing ballads; the jump-for-joy love songs. You can't go wrong with a Smokey Robinson record, no matter what it's decade of origin, but this is perhaps his definitive '70s album, defining a smooth, contemporary R&B style that would be emulated for decades to come. As exemplified by A QUIET STORM, Smokey's gift is constant and genuine.