ARTIST: The Osmonds
TITLE: The Plan
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #58 US, #6 UK
SINGLES: Goin’ Home (#36 US, #4 UK), Let Me In (#36 US, #2 UK), Movie Man
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe at LDS youth conferences.
LINEUP: Alan Osmond, Wayne Osmond, Merrill Osmond, Jay Osmond, Donny Osmond
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: How to kill a career? Release an weird album about a tenet of LDS faith mixed in with really goopy love songs.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While Donny and Marie lingered on and on, and the Osmonds never really went away (especially in the UK), the family group’s pop and rock success came to a dead stop right here after five straight Top 25 albums and six Top 15 singles.
Rock and roll was always a stretch for them, even as songwriters Alan, Wayne and Merrill pushed them towards it from 1972 forward (interspersing some classic Donny Osmond puppy love songs in there). Here, the rock takes a weird turn with some psychedelicesque production, interesting vocal treatments, and some just odd songs (“Movie Man”). There are also short cut-ins from partial songs (or transitions).
Most of the record is about a tenet of their LDS faith, The Plan of Salvation. I’m not sure how much it fits right in with there, but I can’t imagine tweens grooving to songs like “War In Heaven”, “Traffic in My Mind” or “The Last Days”.
It’s strange man. A unique listen for sure, and something to hear for curiosity’s sake. I’m keeping it around for that. But wow, they ran over the stop sticks with this one.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had one more Top 10 hit as a family after this, “Love Me for a Reason”, but that album barely charted higher than this, and the next one hit #160.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: It’s…interesting. Not knowing LDS theology myself, I’m intrigued by the theme.