Cameo Single Life Review

Released 1990.  

BBC Review

One of the most successful bands of the 80s.

David O'Donnell 2008

Cameo's 1985 album Single Life found the band shifting away from the horn-led sound which they had become famed for, instead embracing a more contemporary, synth-led approach to the funk template, with notable commercial success.

Although originally a 13 strong funk band called The New York City Players, by the early 1980s the group had relocated to Atlanta, changed their name and shed 10 of it's members leaving only Tomi Jenkins, Nathan Leftenant and frontman Larry Blackmon remaining. This change in the group's direction seemed to pay off as upon release Single Life appealed to urban contemporary audiences, with the lead single, also entitled Single Life becoming a major chart hit for the band. Other tracks of note on the album included the energetic synth-funk tracks Attack Me With Your Love and I've Got Your Image as well as the hip-hop track Urban Warrior.

The success of Cameo's new direction would continue on the 1986 follow-up album Word Up with the group becoming one of the most successful bands of the 80s, before their profile began drop towards the end of the decade.

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