Yeah, Curtis' first solo album is next level in many ways. Same year as What's Going On, but Curtis is by far the heavier, deeper album, imho. It's amazing to me how as a lyricist he never dilutes or compromises the hard truth of what he's talking about, but somehow always leave us feeling optimistic and positive -- sounds trite, but it's incredible that he can pull it off, given how deep some of his stuff can cut. Who else could get away with starting an album with something like the intro to Hell Below, or ending with a song like Give It Up? Is there a more powerful song about racial self-doubt than We People Who Are Darker Than Blue?
Now that summer's here, I'm pulling There's No Place Like America Today off the shelf and gluing it to my record player.