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Sheila E

  • In the Glamorous Life [Warner Bros., 1984] B+
  • Sheila E. in Romance 1600 [Warner Bros., 1985] B
  • Sheila E. [Paisley Park, 1987] B+
  • Sex Cymbal [Warner Bros., 1991] Dud

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In the Glamorous Life [Warner Bros., 1984]
With its breathy singsong, dancy hooks, electrotreated steals, pseudo-random white dissonance, and generally thrown-away air, this gyroscopic Prince spinoff reminds me more than a little of the first Tom Tom Club. Definitely not for kiddies, though. Teenyboppers maybe. B+

Sheila E. in Romance 1600 [Warner Bros., 1985]
Joining her playmates' games of can-you-top-this with a ringleader's enthusiasm, she gives full rein to her imagination, such as it is. And comes up with several intelligent enigmas and two almost-orgies deeply influenced by Hollywood costume drama. It's got some arty passages, and you can dance to it. B

Sheila E. [Paisley Park, 1987]
Without fear of humiliation or venereal disease, and without chumping for either, the real Janet Jackson shows the age of abstinence her underwear. Though it's all a show even if she fucks as much as she lets on, which I doubt, she has a sexy way of standing smack between the centerfold fantasies of Vanity/Apollonia and little sister's wishful bravado while kicking the grooves hitbound. B+

Sex Cymbal [Warner Bros., 1991] Dud