Rufus & Chaka Khan Revisited / Quandary

I say revisited as if I ever took my eyes or ears off them for more than a week or two tops! Rufus always retained that sense of 'otherness' in their compositions and were never afraid of rhythm or key changes. They have always been a major musical inspiration for me. I bought the album Camouflage some 30 years ago from an old record warehouse in Minneapolis Saint Paul, and gave it maybe one or two plays and then it remained on the dusty shelf until I had to move out of my apartment. I got rid of it in my haste to quickly downsize, not believing it had even one good tune on. Fast forward to about 2 days ago and well, in that same way that a good vintage wine matures, I find my taste buds have awoken! So great to find new old music. Rufus and Chaka never let you down, and this is no exception. As per usual, it's all about the string arrangements and the outro. Along with the haunting electric guitar, and the classic CK vocals make you instantly forgive the earlier foray into that slightly cod-like calypso in the chorus! Other incredible cuts are the Lalomie Washburn co-penned opener, 'Better Together' with its super catchy chorus, the funky 'Jigsaw'  and 'Loser in Love'. Funk and Soul doesn't get much better than this. Stellar!!

Rufus & Chaka Khan - Quandary