Is it really, though? I was about to wonder whether his tone of voice changed once (substantially) over the entire album, but then funkier stuff like "Freddie's Dead" is earthier while still staying sweet (the Marvin Gaye I've heard, and generally liked, is like this). The album is very pleasurable but I struggle to feel much from it other than the electricity or adrenaline and giddiness about the shoulders/clavicle, or however you physically feel musical pleasure. I don't think it's unreasonable to find it all a bit glib. I'm not going to die on this hill, though.
Also, I may have come off as dismissive of soul as a genre. I'm just talking about my own situation, very early in exploring Brazilian music -- like classical, more an entire universe and tradition than a genre -- while feeling stretched overthin in general and busy with other stuff, on little sleep (if you noticed, I had less to say throughout my post -- the last several, actually). I'll probably give up the discography runs after Dire Straits and Siouxsie and the Banshees and listen to what I really want to. Harry Nilsson is one that kept coming up in my potential discographies but he has like 50 albums.
I've found Rolling Stone's top hundred Brazilian albums, which just reinforced the poverty of the record store's international section (all CDs are used). Since these things are often expensive and hard to come by, I'll probably be doing a lot of downloading. Not to mention I just dropped a big chunk of money on my new computer (skipping a month's weed to tighten up, even. I could use a break anyway -- since I discovered the wonder of grinding I've been going kind of overboard. I'm losing a ton of weight to boot.)
NP: The Music Explosion - "Little Bit o' Soul"
(This is fantastic -- I composed this post on my phone's Notepad program, intending to type it up later, but with the latest update you can copy and paste directly.)