Instead of becoming a footnote on oldies compilations, five-man squad the Dramatics is still busy touring—and recording—after 40 years.

Instead of becoming a footnote on oldies compilations, five-man squad the Dramatics is still busy touring—and recording—after 40 years. This latest project, the group's (gasp) 39th, is a tight, 10-song offering that shows that the brothers behind such hits as "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" and "Be My Girl" still have that something something. Tender ballad "Looks Like Rain" revisits the motif that sparked the '72 crossover hit "In the Rain." The jazzy title track is an inspirational tune about hope and peace. Also of note is the bouncy groove "I Got My Pride." However, there are a couple of throw-away tracks here (including "Baby Boo"). Younger ears will no doubt dismiss the group as dated. But they and the artists they emulate would do well to listen and learn a thing or two about quality and longevity. Case in point is the midtempo "What Must I Do," which showcases the harmonies that made this quintet an R&B hallmark. Contact 313-923-3040.—GM