It should be better known, but then that would still be true if this had sold six million copies; it’s a great, great record.
I find it hard to put into words just what it is she does, but she does it here better than ever before. (9)
Back in 1962, Motown had marketed Stevie as “the 12 Year Old Genius”. Uptight marks one of those rare occasions where the marketeers – probably by accident, but still – turned out to have been right all along. (9)
If it wasn’t quite Kim’s ticket to Motown’s top table, it also made sure her claims to stardom could never be ignored again. (7)
I don’t know why Motown pulled it so abruptly before it had had a chance – maybe they were cutting back on the big ballads, following the failure of Brenda Holloway’s recent similar efforts? – but it was America’s loss, because there’s nothing much wrong with this record at all. (8)