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You can never have "too much" Luther
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2004
One of the best debut album of the eighties, Luther's first solo album is an energetic masterpiece that soars from beginning to end without hitting a single false note. Luther was already producing all of his material, and he always seems to know exactly what a song needs. Everything is flawlessly arranged, with a perfect balance struck among the instruments, synths, and background vocals. Luther solely wrote six of the record's seven tracks, and he had already mastered the art of crafting strong hooks, interlaced with non-cliched lyrics. It may surprise fans of Luther's later, more laid back recordings, that the bulk of NEVER TOO MUCH contains up-tempo material.
The infectious title track is definitely the best-known track here, but every cut on this record is a classic. The post-disco dance tracks "Sugar And Spice" and "I've Been Working" are irresistible, and the harder sounds of "Don't You Know That?" and "She's A Super Lady" rival even the best funk recordings. Luther slowed things down with the touching mid-tempo "You Stopped Loving Me," which brings us to the disc's only ballad - and it's the highlight among highlights. Luther's gorgeous, heart-breaking rendition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "A House Is Not A Home" is one of the most perfect marriages between a singer and a song. Luther recorded many more covers over the years, many of which were quite excellent, although he never surpassed the intimate power of his take on this classic.
Luther instantly connected with the public, and had achieved a considerable fan base virtually overnight. NEVER TOO MUCH hit #19 on the Hot 200, and impressively reached Double-Platinum status in sales.