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Here’s a minority opinion for you: Despite his having sold 20-plus million records, the latter-day king of R&B romance lacks the distinctiveness, the instantly recognizable sound of the genre’s true heroes, the likes of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Al Green, and perhaps Teddy Pendergrass. Vandross has always wanted a No. 1 pop hit; maybe that’s why he’s redone Leo Sayer’s monumentally yucky ’70s hit ”When I Need You.” Treacle then, treacle now. B-

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