Though it doesn’t boast a single as spectacularly memorable as “Celebration,” Something Special is a more consistent album. By this time Kool & The Gang had its brand of relaxed but tightly knit disco ditties down to a science. “Steppin Out,” “Be My Lady” and “Good Time Tonight” are well-crafted, tuneful club songs, but without any of the bombast that had been inherent to disco tunes just a few years prior. “Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)” is totally understated, unperturbed funk — a perfect example of the group’s ability to make pretty pop songs without sacrificing their funk chops. Because the band was best known as a funk powerhouse, their ballads were often overlooked, but “Pass It On” and “No Show” are two of the band’s finest ballads, both well-suited to the silky pipes of JT Taylor. The keystone song is undoubtedly “Get Down On It,” an insidiously catchy dance hit that unwittingly predicts the course R &B would take in the late '80s and early '90s.