Picks and Pans Review: Sheila E.

updated 04/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sheila E.

Sheila is back pounding the same old beat, singing such sensitive lines as "Too young to know better, too old to refuse/Now she's got an abortion, now she's got the blues" and "A girl with four legs, that's the best/You better look twice, there's someone under my dress." On this album though, she doesn't even play drums, ceding that territory to brother Juan Escovedo and Timothy Riley. That means Prince's former lady-in-waiting doesn't ever get very musical at all, since her singing is nondescript. The best track on the album in fact is Soul Salsa, in which most of her family joins, with mom Juanita and dad Pete collaborating on the vocal with Juan, sister Zina Ann and brother Peter Michael. Sheila is a hot property as a performer (though even Rodney Dangerfield might look sexy if he wore that kind of get-up). She doesn't need to sound like Marilyn Home. Still, she doesn't even carry off the run-of-the-disco dance numbers that fill most albums. (Paisley Park)

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