The Revelations have clearly worshipped at the church of Donny Hathaway. Lush, full vocal pleading with sorrowful backups are the definite selling point of "How Do I tell Him," a foolproof combination for synthesizing heartache. Singer Tre Williams had the type of voice you know is just waiting to curdle, like if you saw him live he would have a difficult time not just breaking out into tears and running away to find the woman he wronged. And as a safety blanket in case Williams bolts to find his true love, seminal disco producer Patrick Adams produced this song and the album it comes from, a subtle cushioning for The Revelations big sound.—Matthew Schnipper
Download: The Revelations, "How Do I Tell Him"