9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eleven albums into their storied career, 1981's Raise! shows that Earth, Wind & Fire's signature blend of soulful grooves and sweet pop hooks remains unmatched. In fact, kinetic leadoff "Let's Groove" is one of the band's most timeless singles, with a rubbery Verdine White bassline that fills any dance floor within seconds. The jazzy, romantic swing of "Wanna Be With You" showcases Philip Bailey's keening falsetto, while the jittery "I've Had Enough" adds a note of New Wave snap to these smooth, slick tunes.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Eleven albums into their storied career, 1981's Raise! shows that Earth, Wind & Fire's signature blend of soulful grooves and sweet pop hooks remains unmatched. In fact, kinetic leadoff "Let's Groove" is one of the band's most timeless singles, with a rubbery Verdine White bassline that fills any dance floor within seconds. The jazzy, romantic swing of "Wanna Be With You" showcases Philip Bailey's keening falsetto, while the jittery "I've Had Enough" adds a note of New Wave snap to these smooth, slick tunes.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

millermeusa ,

album reviewer is wrong

Does the itunes critic have any musical taste? This album stood out in 1981 because it was simply awesome

31Seven ,

Excellent!

One of the best albums as it's solid threw out, I remember when it was released just before Thanksgiving that year it played well into the Spring. Note! Check out Questloves 2hr! interview with Phillip Bailey on Pandora where he describes why the albums during this period including Powerlight (4 stars) were his least like projects and why.... Let's say the group realized the $ they was generating was on a different level, still the greatest band with the best horn section (Phoenix Horns) ever YES I SAID IT DEBATE ME! Bettles distant second ;-)

Dodge555 ,

If not the best it's #2

If not the best it's #2. All n All to me is the other album that matches this album front to back. I Am is third it's weakness is it drops off on the second half of the album. Still great music but feels more like quick put together filler to finish the album. Raise as most EWF Albums are greatly underrated and neglected by to many. Let's Groove has to challenge for greatest Pop, R&B, Funk song ever. Lady Sun for me hands down is the tightest song they have ever done. Them and the Phoenix Horns at their peak on this song and every time I listen to it I hear something new it's so complex. The energy just continues from there and the album sets you up perfect for the new direction to come with the last song Changing Times. Powerlight and Electric Universe are to follow Raise and Changing Times could be on either album. My one minor issue is not including the full version of Kalimba Tree on the original album but they fixed that on the remaster.

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