Buffaloed

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of 80s English R&B — Lisa Stansfield, Caron Wheeler, Soul II Soul, and Neneh Cherry.  I’d say most of the results have been mixed, but there are some real standout songs, like the first track on Cherry’s 1989 debut, Raw Like Sushi.  Cherry had been kicking around various bands for years (allmusic claims she might have briefly been a member of the all-female English punk group the Slits) by the time she put out this album, her solo debut.  Its begins on its high note, “Buffalo Stance,” which had been released several years before as this, and then was reworked into the 1989 version, which picks up the energy level, increases the feisty-ness of the rapping, and revamps the chorus into something much more satisfying.

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