Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do for Love" remains an R&B/pop radio perennial nearly 30 years after its 1978 debut. His "Open Your Eyes" was sampled in rapper Common's Grammy Award-nominated "T

Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do for Love" remains an R&B/pop radio perennial nearly 30 years after its 1978 debut. His "Open Your Eyes" was sampled in rapper Common's Grammy Award-nominated "The Light." That enduring, multifaceted appeal is a testament to the singer/ songwriter's talent of crafting beautifully structured songs with time-tested lyrics. That same formula still works to great effect on "Perfect Island Nights." Caldwell's silky, take-me-away tenor perfectly captures the warm mood personified by the title track and the charming opener, "In the Afterlife." Drawing on his R&B, smooth jazz and pop roots, Caldwell slips comfortably into ballad mode on "I Need Your Love." But updates on two early R&B/pop hits—"Our Day Will Come" and "Sukiyaki (Forever)"—don't work as well as his pairing with a missing-in-action talent, Deniece Williams, on the Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway classic "Where Is the Love."—GM

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