Steve Futterman
October 04, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

New World Order

Current Status
In Season
Curtis Mayfield
We gave it a B+

On New World Order, his first record since a freak accident left him paralyzed six years ago, R&B genius Curtis Mayfield sounds spirited and firmly in command of one of the most elegantly intimate vocal styles in pop-music history. The mellow groove, complete with wah-wah guitar fills and purring backup vocals, may speak of decades past, but the effect is that of a needed catch-me-up with a long-absent friend. Mayfield’s own exquisite guitar playing is missed, but his social consciousness and unaffected delivery remain intact. Welcome back. B+

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