The ladies turned to a hard electronic funk sound (like the Cameo and Jody Watley hits of the time) for this 1988 album, now reissued by Big Break Records with an excellent set of bonus tracks.
It's taken me about four listens to get into this CD and begin to enjoy it. I had the album back in the day (on vinyl) and I remember it never really grabbed me. Using a contemporary funk sound for the uptempo tracks, rather than their usual Hi-NRG disco sound, meant there was an absence of catchy hooks, strong melodies or get-up-and-dance vibrancy that is associated with Pointer Sisters material. So I hoped this reissue and all the bonus tracks would make it much more special.
For some reason, I felt very critical of this reissue when I first played it (probably because the hard funk sound is difficult to adjust to and not a perfect fit for the ladies) but I've changed my mind after regularly putting it into the CD player to see if I can get into it. And the good news, at last, is that this reissue does indeed make the album much more special than it was originally.
After the first two songs and their hard beats, it's a welcome change of pace when the much gentler Moonlight Dancing begins to play as the third track. It seems more like classic Pointers. In addition, the song My Life, with its vocal harmonies, is an enjoyable reappearance of the Pointers' usual sound, without heavy funk beats clomping over it. I'm In Love is also a nice return to form.
There are excellent sleeve notes and a very good choice of bonus tracks. Sound quality is excellent - it's fairly loud but very clear with no distortion, and there is a sense of dimension to the music with some nice depth and separation.
This expanded reissue is a much more rounded and satisfying experience than when the album was originally released and is well worth having if you are fan of the Pointer Sisters, 80s music or soul/funk/R&B.