Sheila E., Sheila E (1987)
I’m listening to Kimbra – but I can’t concentrate (nor can she, by the sounds). I’m thinking about Sheila E. Her autobiography is due soon (I’ve got that shit pre-ordered!) I dig out this self-titled album from 1987, her third; still under the thumb of Prince – but with attempts to dig deeper, to go back to the Latin-jazz where the family made its name (Boy’s Club). But then suckered back into the Purple/Paisley fold to dance with Cat for the video to Koo Koo. I don’t dislike Kimbra – she’s talented and all – but I feel that I heard it all before, and better, across a small handful of Sheila E. albums. And here you’ll hear most of that great band from the Sign O’ The Times video/tour doing something just a little bit different. I reckon Sheila E. is a class act – and even the cheesiest/soppiest pop-lite stuff that she offered (and there’s some of that here) has something that a lot of those up’n’-Kimbras just can’t quite nail.
Sample Track: Hold Me
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