Why Can't We Be Lovers: The Invictus Sessions
spans two discs of Holland-Dozier-Holland
productions for the group's label, Invictus, where the trio was the driving force and responsible for many of the songs and the overall feel at the label; but their own recordings weren't much like those of 8th Day
or Glass House
, to name but two hitmakers on Invictus/Hot Wax. They were recorded a few years later, closer to the heyday of disco, and they reflect that genre's influence in their lush, stylish, sexy sounds. This is late night, romantic, mood music, where the sound and feel is more important than the particulars of the song or performance. As such, it's better for background listening (or if considered a treasure trove of samples) than intent listening; which is surprising for such a notable group of songwriters. This may mean that the 28-track collection is primarily a curiosity for serious soul collectors, but at least it's an interesting one.