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Plush (Expanded Edition)
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FTG Records UK
Produced by Bobby Watson, Rene Moore & Angela Winbush.
Àngela Winbush is a “three-hyphen” musician – producer- arranger-composer-performer – who had a big impact on Urban Contemporary Charts in the late 80's, originally as part of the duo René and Àngela, and is still around today. She creates enveloping tracks (either moody and introspective or lively and bouncy) with layers of keyboards, gorgeous melodic hooks and lush vocals. She has a powerful voice, an exceptional range and a unique style – she started out as a backup singer for Stevie Wonder among others.
Lyrically, she writes nothing but love songs, but with real feeling and originality, never trite. She’s one of a handful of women in her generation – along with Patrice Rushen and Brenda Russell – who produced not only their own material but also other artists’, working extensively with, among others, the Isley Brothers (she was married to Ronald Isley for most of the 90s).
Watson, Moore and Winbush produced the debut for this group, sort of a Shalamar clone made up of Siedah Garrett, Tony Phillips and Ambrose Price II. Rene & Angela didn’t push themselves too hard for new material: “Free And Easy” and “Strangers Again” are recycled from their own debut album. Two songs were written by band members, “Gonna Get Ya” and “Living For Your Love.” Generally it’s midtempo grooves, soothing and not particularly distinctive (“I Don’t Know”; “We Got The Love” – both Garrett leads), occasionally showing the buzzing synths that would be more prominent on future releases (“Burnin’ Love,” the single). The same year, the team also produced half of Janet Jackson’s debut.