Bill Withers collaborated with Paul Smith on 'Bout Love, who co-wrote all but "Memories Are That Way" with Withers. 'Bout Love features Withers's usual mellowness and introspective lyrics, however its lead single, "Don't It Make It Better" is up-tempo, and its follow-up single, "You Got the Stuff" is a funk song. "Don't It Make It Better" peaked at No. 30 on Billboard R&B Singles, but "You Got the Stuff" reached only No. 85 on the chart.
'Bout Love peaked at #50 on the R&B chart and No. 134 on the Billboard 200. It was re-released as a digital music download in 2008.