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Rick James 1985

Review

By the mid-'80s, Rick James' funk had become a very tired cliché. Hits like 1984's "17" found an artist who had been so exciting only a few years earlier sounding increasingly formulaic and predictable. But he got out of his artistic rut in a major way with the excellent Glow. In interviews, James had expressed a desire to record an all-out rock album, and while Glow doesn't fit that description, he does incorporate rock and pop elements with splendid results on everything from the new wave-ish "Can't Stop" to the sweaty "Rock & Roll Control." But make no mistake: this is an R&B album first and foremost, and seductive numbers like "Moonchild" and the title song would be worthy of Kashif or Luther Vandross. Regrettably, James' risk-taking didn't pay off, and Glow was far from a major hit. Next to Garden of Love, Glow may be the most underrated album of Rick James' career. ~ Alex Henderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Can't Stop Rick James 6:7
  3. 2 Spend the Night With Me Rick James 4:8
  4. 3 Melody Make Me Dance Rick James 5:13
  5. 4 Somebody (The Girl's Got) Rick James 5:8
  6. 5 Glow Rick James 5:40
  7. 6 Moon Child Rick James 4:18
  8. 7 Sha La La La La (Come Back Home) Rick James 5:23
  9. 8 Rock & Roll Control Rick James 4:37
  10. 9 Glow (Reprise) Rick James 1:38

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