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Chaka Khan Funk This Review

Album. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

A classic sounding album that her fans will love; Chaka's back baby, and don't you...

Talia Kraines 2008

Decades after her peak, and in fact 10 years since her last studio album, Chaka Khan is back, ready to belt out a whole host of new songs. She may sound as amazing as ever, but is Funk This really the album we've all been waiting for?

The answer is probably, no. In an album littered with unsatisfactory covers, opening track Back In The Day might sound lush, thanks to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis' production wizardry, but we can't say much about the songwriting. Thankfully a powerful cover of Dee Dee Warwick's Grammy nominated Foolish Fool, and timeless ballad Angel soon ease the initial disappointment.

It's a shame then that covers of the Jimi Hendrix classic, Castles Made Of Sand, and Prince's Sign O' The Times have found their way onto the album. Admittedly when you're covering such monumentally huge songs as this, it's never going to be easy to please, but these do nothing but remind us that we haven't listened to those songs in a while and start reaching for the originals.

While Chaka fans will lap up Funk This, the great lady herself must be aware of her lack of relevance to today's youth, and she's set about changing that by teaming up with the first lady of modern soul - Mary J. Blige. The two women, who have each proved over time they don't take any messing from men storm their way through the Motown-fuelled Disrespectful with a drum and guitar loop that is reminiscent of The Meters' Oh! Calcutta!.

A classic sounding album that her fans will love; Chaka's back baby, and don't you forget it.

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