Bring Out Your Inner Cheerleader
Aage Nielsen | Boise, Idaho United States | 07/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's good to know that a prodigy can still have some fun. In an industry that is rarely kind to women, Patrice has succeeded as a solo artist who writes, arranges and produces most of her own material. In short, Patrice is a musician's musician. While well known as a jazz piano virtuoso and former child prodigy, she has also composed for and conducted orchestras. Knowing all of that makes this album a bit of a surprise, as she does not showcase any of that here. Instead, she simply has fun. Lyrically, she teases with the title track, asserts her independence with "Breakin' All The Rules," and offers unbridled optimism on the single "Anything Can Happen". The cheerful dance tempo continues with the infectious "Burnin'," and hypnotizes with "Come Back to Me." For those who enjoy her jazz records, "All My Love" would have fit in well with her Grammy nominated "Signature" album a few years ago. Her ballads "Somewhere" and "Till She's Out of Your Mind" are sweet without being insipid. While she will always be remembered for her earlier hit "Forget Me Nots", this album is refreshing, pleasant and fun. It always cheers me up."
Still Breakin' Rules!
Andre' S Grindle | Bangor,ME. | 06/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jazz/Funk was at the end of it's golden age by 1986.But on
her lone Arista album Patrice keeps the production stripped back
and clean (unlike alot of heavily glossed R&B from this era).The
first three songs are excellent uptempo R&B highlighted by the
catchy title opener."All My Love" actually has a prominant
Michael McDonald keyboard feel and is a great midtempo love song.She also pulls some competant electro funk out of her
keybaord of "Burnin'","Come Back To Me" and "Tender Lovin'" while "Anything Can Happen" is above average 80's pop.The real
gem is the gently jazz "Till She's Out Of Your Mind",proving once and for all no matter what her style of the moment
Patrice Rushen will never be a snob OR a sellout.If only all artists could be this lucky."
I remember this album! Superb performances!
Preston | nc | 09/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This has to be the best Patrice Rushen albums since she took 1980 and 1981 by storm. The album's title track I still love. At times, she was going for the dance sound that Jody Watley, Janet Jackson and Madonna popularized during 1987, and she succeeded in most cases. I like Over The Phone and the ballads on here too. But Rushen still sounds good on the keyboards and piano, which she's most famous for. Brilliant album during her Arista Records period."