Vivid, Living Colour's debut album, is a superb album in its own right, and shouldn't just be remebered for paving the road for more famous acts which followed in their footsteps. The breadth of musical interest is clear, ranging from the hard-hitting but melodic 'Cult of Personality' to the laid-back funk approach on 'I Want to Know'. Those expecting however that just because the band are all Black this album will contain plenty of rap will be surprised by the versitility of singer Corey Glover's voice. And the talent of the other band members also shines through, especially the bassist Muzz Skillings who takes a nod from funk bassists like Stanley Clarke as well as the conventional rock approach.
Having said all this it needs to be pointed out that the album does sound slightly dated now. Although the first part of 'Desperate People' could almost be a Rage song, 'Middle Man' is more like a Spandau Ballet song!
All in all, definately worth a listen for any hard-rock fan.