The Dynamic and Distinctive Shirley Murdock...
yygsgsdrassil | Crossroads America | 06/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"....it is a day's trip down I-75 South from Murdock's hometown Toledo to Dayton, where Roger Troutman and his brothers/kinfolk who formed the band Zapp were headquartered. How they ever hooked up in the first place is quite a mystery because it's quite evident Ms. Murdock has those urban gospel pipes which perhaps would make her a better fit with Detroit's Clark Sisters than with Dayton's Roger/Zapp.But, lo and behold, she started singing with the outfit and lent some distinctive vocals that were tit for tat with the vocoder work Roger did--in fact some of her own vocals sounded like they were vocoder-ized. I remember noticing her first on "Computer Love" sharing backgrounds and vocal fills with the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson.Soon it came time for the Troutmans to give their vocal star a solo project. Album #1 "Shirley Murdock" has the great song "As We Lay", written with Ohio Player keyboardist Billy Beck, and quite a favorite jam in the R & B circles. It was so good that who is it...? one of Murdock's unofficial proteges Kelly Price has remade it.This project, her 2nd solo, has a cut with an equally bad girl/good girl feel to it called "Husband" which I remember all the Sisters liked because they were really, really relating to it, dig? This CD is spiced with Murdock's fire and brimstone meets Erotic City vocals throughout-- she, like Chaka Khan, harmonizes to her own overdubs. Another favorite which came out of this CD is her duet with keyboardist Dale Degroat, "Spend My Whole Life With You".Underrated, yes, she is. But listen to the airwaves nowadays and see how she has influenced a new generation of vocalists."
yygsgsdrassil | 10/20/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Shirley Murdock has a very distinctive singing style. Her ballads are very powerful and they deliver a message of hope. I also admire the fact that she seems to always include a gospel inspired tune on her albums. I am truly looking forward to hearing more of her great work."