This could be, in fact, an unissued Dazz Band album. I instantly fell in love with the Con Funk Shun / Bar-Kays styled tapper "Inside Out", and I would personally order the album on the strength of this cut alone. "Dangerous" is equally toothsome a delight and the slap bass, 808 drum and funky licks are right back in the late 1980s sound. Check out the freaky 80s keys. I am LOVING this!!!!! One could forgive oneself for thinking they had wandered into Cameo's "Word Up!" album on "Crazy", the beat arrangement not dissimilar to "Word Up", albeit sped up slightly. This is right up my proverbial alleyway without a doubt! "The Best" reminds me, lyrically, of the 1986 SOS band composition "Nothing But The Best" and even the synths pay huge compliment to that great group and great era. The guys sound a great deal like Cameo on this, and I for one am not going to find any fault here. Of the more relaxed songs, I recommend the Jesse Johnson flavoured "Understanding". I am so happy to be listening to material such as this today...be it a shelved set that has only seen the light of day or a new effort with an unashamed 80s style. I embrace and welcome it totally and completely! Available from CD Baby.
The Vibe scribe