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Ray Parker Jr. : I’m Free

Ray Parker, Jr.

With his first album in 15 years, guitarist and vocalist Ray Parker Jr. is through singing about Ghostbusters, why a woman needs love (just like you do) and why you’re the only one he loves (and you can’t change that). Parker is happily dug into middle age and, as the finger-shaking advice to new writers goes, he sings about what he knows in a funky, jazzy and poppy collection of 11 songs. Honesty, humor and a twist of irony is the best policy for still-sexy Parker, and that’s what you have in an independent project released by Parker himself.

“Middle Age Crisis” sets the stage, a saucy detailing of an encounter with a woman half his age. Parker may have aged, but his voice still resounds with full-throated sexiness on that song, as well as on “Mexico,” “Rum Punch,” “Glass of Wine” and other sun-splashed adventures. Hey, you’re free and feeling good, you go down to the tropics, right?

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