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Martha Reeves Not Impressed With Today's No. 1 Singles

November 27, 2010 (3:03 am) GMT
Since many of the chart-topping singles contain offensive lyrics, Martha Reeves said they lack soul because they rely too much on production.

Motown legend Martha Reeves refuses to listen to any modern music because of offensive lyrics, which she blames for promoting "lawlessness" among young people. The "Dancing in the Street" hitmaker, who enjoyed a string of hits with the Vandellas in the 1960s, is convinced negative content in songs causes problems among today's youth.

She says, "As musicians we have concerns about social factors and involve ourselves in community. There's lawlessness in society now because of the content of lyrics - they have somehow slipped past the net. We didn't have to send our children out of the room when we were with Motown. Our songs have always been about love, happiness, joy and partying."

And Reeves is adamant the current crop of chart-topping tracks lack soul because they rely too much on production. She adds, "I'm not listening to any new music because it's not made by musicians. Songs now are all technically made but back then we had a band that was used for everybody's recording - they could play to anyone's style so everybody's sound was distinct. They had learned their profession and could make the music stand out."

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