A Quiet Storm

Released: 1975-03-26
Label: Tamla Records

A Quiet Storm is one of the most highly acclaimed soul albums of the 1970s. A longtime innovator at Motown, Robinson responded to the Funk revolution in black music (Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green) with an effective counterpoint: the stylish and mature album, “A Quiet Storm”. This landmark album spawned and lent its name to the “Quiet Storm” musical programming format, a format still adopted by radio stations across America more than 40 years later. It spawned 3 hit singles, including his first disco hit ,”Baby That’s Backatcha” that went to number 7 on the Billboard Disco chart (Top 10 R&B), and this album re-established Robinson’s reputation as a master songwriter and producer and solidified his solo success after leaving his legendary group, The Miracles. In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Robert Palmer said A Quiet Storm proved Robinson was “still a dynamic creative force” as it succeeded on the strength of his singing and production, although he highlighted the “sexy directness” of the title track and “Baby That’s Backatcha”. Vince Aletti ranked it as the year’s third best album in his ballot for the 1975 Pazz & Jop critics poll.