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Ready for the World

  • Ready for the World [MCA, 1985] B+
  • Long Time Coming [MCA, 1986] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Ready for the World [MCA, 1985]
"I want your lips/I even want your tongue, love": Melvin Riley Jr. puts into words the erotic aspirations that have motivated love men since the first falsetto seduction. From wet ballad to videogame beat, the Prince influence is so palpable it's almost comic and so brazen it could take your breath away. But where Prince thinks sex is nasty, Melvin makes nice-nice. La-la means he'll fuck you. B+

Long Time Coming [MCA, 1986]
How long, oh Lord, how long? An official 47:28, which comes (as they say) to 4:45 per cut, almost every one a slow if not sluggish grind. And with "Mary Goes Round" insisting that sluts need not apply, 6:29 of "Love You Down" is all a good girl needs. C+