Milo here.

We’re slowing it down a bit for today’s MMM, with a look at motown standard You’re All I Need To Get By by the legendary Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Check out the

Let’s not beat around the bush here; we like our rock and metal on Stuff and That. So, it’s particularly exciting for me when I get to talk about something a lil’ different. A standard of motown and soul music, You’re All I Need To Get By is little more than a simple song about love. However, in its simplicity is a song that I cannot describe other than beautiful.

The lyrics are sweet and innocent, before love songs had to have some kind of twist to them, with two masterful vocalists in Gaye and Terrell delivering them in a flawless performance. In the background, we have one of the most recognisable hooks in music history and impeccable backing vocals. The layered instrumental, featuring some subtle strings and a chilled but groovy bassline, compliments the vocals perfectly. Moreover, the famed motown production is on full display here, with a warm, almost vinyl-like sound, even coming from an MP3 mug like myself, and is mixed faultlessly. You really can’t criticise a song so pure in intention and execution.

Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations


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