Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You

First Hit #1: April 5, 1975

Lovin’ You is a pretty great song, in spite of the fact that it shouldn’t be. Minnie Riperton frequently treads where no woman should – the whistle register – and sounds way too young for a song about how great it is to make love. There are also birds for some reason. So why does it work? I haven’t got a clue, it might be the uniquely sparse arrangement, which deliberately avoids many 70s production techniques and sounds unlike much else on the radio. Or, it might be because when Riperton isn’t treading into the whistle register she’s actually got a pretty good voice, and she’s got a really nice melody to sing with it. There’s an odd lack of urgency to the song – possibly because there’s no percussion – and that makes it surprisingly relaxing and calming, which is a nice break from most of the sounds that become popular. It’s good, even if you can’t quite understand why.

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