The Temptations – Just My Imagination

First Hit #1: April 3, 1971

Just My Imagination is sad in a way, as the twist – given away in the title, so not a spoiler really – reveals that the singer is capable of making the an elaborate fantasy but not quite capable of introducing himself to the object of his affections. The slight sadness is reflected in the performance, which is subdued even though the song could break loose if they really wanted to make it. It’s actually really sweet, and that’s entirely due to the performance, as it’s a vocal that sounds like a man describing a dream rather than being a creepy stalker – and it’s so easy for a song like this to dive head-first into creepy stalker city that’s an impressive trick. It’s difficult to say much, but it’s a song that’s quite sweet and heartfelt, when it could be something else with a less talented voice behind it.

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