note: too bad i lost the password to my old account below, lol ... some copy & paste is in order therefore, yes? ;)
wow ... i remember hearing the title track on afn in frankfurt/main, germany some 14 years ago as if it was yesterday. after that aural experience during my adolescent phase, nothing remained the same: i went to the nearest department store and bought cameo's single, although i didn't even have a record player at that time. i was hooked (and i still am).
if it hadn't been for cameo, i'd probably still be one of those unfocused consumers that lack the appreciation for genuine artistic achievements. luckily for me, i've come to discover all the funk, soul and jazz gems that are worth checking out.
now, after this "general introduction", on to the actual review: the production is tight and on point. from the very first moment it becomes evident that mastermind blackmon and his mates can't go wrong with this one -- it's a midas thing: everything they touch turns into funk. the horn arrangements in particular (something i always gave them big respect for) are perfect and the lyrics are also decent and entertaining.
word up!: out of this world. this is a killer track, and even the worst cover version couldn't spoil it (as is the case with most terrific songs).
candy: indeed, sweet. melts in your ear, not in your stereo system.
back & forth: on the move -- shake your money-maker. the beat is extremely heavy and makes this song a winner. sure shot.
don't be lonely: now, this is a top-notch ballad delivered with *soul*. i feel it.
she's mine: hilarious and groovy. spice up your party with this cut.
fast, fierce & funny: it's all about the dough. nice inserts mocking the stock marketeers.
you can have the world: an appropriate closing track. in 1986, the world was theirs, with only prince's "parade/under the cherry moon" matching them.
hope i didn't bore y'all too much but this review i just *had* to write.