The four hundred and twenty-first album: #421 Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear

It feels a bit invasive to listen to Here, My Dear. The album is about Marvin Gaye's first divorce, an acrimonious event that clearly left a negative impact on him at the time. The soulful album, adding in funk and jazz tracks but generally feeling that bit lower, doesn't entirely work if it's meant to invoke sympathy, but as an insight into the man's mind at the time it does lay it all bare.

I'm not sure whether the 70 minute runtime is all warranted - the lengthy funk runtimes of some of the tracks are more than what I need in places - but the core message is more effective. It's probably what couches the intrusive nature most - there is the fluff around it that separates you that bit more from the core message.