Patrice Rushen – Now

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

80’s Low-key funk / r&b.

Thoughts

Show’s it’s age at times but this is top notch songwriting, has a chill purple-one vibe to the tracks at time. This is the first album I listened to of hers but the songs are generally sparse: synth, drum machine, bass, lyrics. She’s super effective with the synths creating spacey soundscapes or jazzy solos (she’s a piano player). Lyrically she’s got a certain authenticity that penetrates the sometimes too precise instrumentation.

Mostly good but some real standouts with: feels so real, each his own, gotta find it.

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https://www.discogs.com/Patrice-Rushen-Now/release/563477

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Everything But The Girl – Eden

⭐⭐⭐

A great record and one hell of a debut album. Tracey Thorn’s lyrics are wise beyond her years, singing all too relatable tales of heartbreak and troubled relationships. The bossa nova instrumentation is distinct, I can’t say I’ve heard much else like this 30+ years later.

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https://www.discogs.com/Everything-But-The-Girl-Eden/release/372059

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Orange Juice – Texas Fever

⭐⭐

OK but falls short of their early catalog.

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https://www.discogs.com/Orange-Juice-Texas-Fever/release/383225

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