Picks and Pans Review: She's Strange

UPDATED 05/28/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/28/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT


Founded in 1977 by drummer Larry Blackmon, Cameo has developed into one of the most consistent soul/funk acts around. This album, the group's 10th, is a relatively adventuresome project. It includes Tribute to Bob Marley an urbanized reggae homage, Lève Toil (Get Up!), done, for reasons best known to the group, all in French, and Talkin' out the Side of Your Neck, a mild sort of revolutionary tract that accuses Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan of not-too-specific offenses against "the people." The half-rapped, all-raffish title tune, which has already hit the top of the black music charts, is more typical for the group; it's "about the kind of woman that we admire," says Blackmon. "A woman who has intelligence, that's sensual and has a different knack about her." "Different" would appear to be the operative word in that description, since the lyrics note, "She's my Twilight Zone, my. Al Capone/She's my Rolling Stones and my Eva Perón." Singer-guitarist Charlie Singleton adds a solo out of the George Benson school on Love You Anyway, scatting along with his own solo. It all adds up to an album of pleasing variety, and one that isn't likely to alienate Cameo fans. (Polygram)

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