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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding album packed with great songs., 18 Jan 2006
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C. Chambers "funkologist" (England) - See all my reviews
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An outstanding album packed with great songs.
From the golden age of Prince (half the tracks written/co-written by Prince (uncredited) and co-produced with David Z).
Fun and funky it shows off Sheila's talents as a singer/musician at her very very best... the percussion is amazing...
...not surprisingly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding, 30 Nov 2009
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Neil B ""HINRG BOY"" (Bury, Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Sheila E emerged on the mainstream soul & dance scene during the mid eighties, after doing some stunning drum & percussion work with Prince. She has regularly collaborated with his "Royal Purpleness" and he does appear on this album under the name "David Z".
This has to be Sheila E's finest musical moment, a stunning fusion of soul and latin rhythms that are simply hypnotic. There is not one week track on here.
The single release "Hold Me" is a sultry ballad that oozes sensuality. It's a real pity she did not go on to score bigger international success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated Paisley Park Dance-soul, 16 Sep 2009
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not_a_real_folkie "not_a_real_folkie" (Farnham, Surrey, UK) - See all my reviews
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This album is probably Sheila E's musical high point. The sequence of the first four tracks is perfection itself, and marries rich, soul harmonies to dance grooves and the customary Sheila E thought-provoking lyrics. "Wednesday Like A River"? What's that all about? A couple of listens and it all becomes clear.

Elsewhere, "Soul Salsa" is an electric instrumental, showing Sheila E's latin roots to great effect, but the best track has to be the massive "Faded Photographs", which just builds and builds on a huge-sounding backing arrangement whilst lyrically looking back over a relationship with tinges of regret and sadness.

Other, less immediate tracks like "Love on a Blue Train" surprise you by getting lodged in the subconscious, only to emerge back in your brain when you least expect them to - surely the mark of a true pop hook.

Great stuff - not sure what happened after this, when Sheila E went down the cottage industry/do-what-I-wanna-do route, but this is how I will remember her: a kick up the eighties dance/soul scene.
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