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Album Review

An early-'80s jazz-pop-R&B synthesis as durable and pleasing as any other, Straight from the Heart was Patrice Rushen's most successful album, at least from a sales standpoint: it peaked at number 14 on the pop chart, 25 slots higher than 1980's Pizzazz. Still working with a core group of associates — including Freddie Washington, Charles Mims, Paul M. Jackson, and Marlo Henderson (along with a still young Gerald Albright) — that went back to her earlier Elektra albums, the material here is as slick as ever, but not at the expense of lighter rhythms or less memorable melodies. Much of the album's popularity can be attributed to the club hit "Forget Me Nots," Rushen's most-known single — a breezy, buoyant mixture of handclaps, fingersnaps, twisting bass, and Rushen's typically blissful (and not overplayed) electric piano, not to mention the incorporation of a bad bass-and-percussion breakdown. (If you were born after the mid-'70s or so, you'd be more likely to recognize the song as the basis of Will Smith's "Men in Black.") Beyond a forgettable ballad or two, the only disappointment is the Brenda Russell collaboration on "Breakout!," where rock affectations (gnarling electric guitar, grimacing vocal tactics that suit neither Rushen nor Russell) damage what could've been a bigger hit. "Remind Me," despite not being released as a single, is a sweet and low-slung groove that has been sampled and interpolated by no less than a dozen significant rap and R&B songs — including Faith Evans' "Fallin' in Love," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Unbelievable," MoKenStef's "He's Mine," and Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s "I Need You Tonight." But it's not like anything about this album requires that kind of validation. [Rhino's 1996 reissue adds the 12" versions of all three singles, including seven very replayable minutes of "Forget Me Nots," as well as two single edits.]

Customer Reviews

Quintesentually---The Best

In her R&B career, this strictly set the standard for the next level of R&B music during the early 80s. The perfect mix funk, jazz and acustic soul, SFTH lives up to the name. Lets not talk about given Forget Me Nots, the R&B summer jam of 82. If you have to ask about it, you're too young for this type of music. It's strictly for grown folks. The bass, the horn, the lyrics the voice--this song should have won the grammy in 82. Where There Is Love is a rather emotional and thoughtful song with poetic lyrics that require care when listening. The sound mixing and the blend of the various instruments really allows the listener to see how Patrice is able to weave in the electronics of the 80s while still staying with tradition of studio recording. However the hidden gem of this masterpiece comes on track 9 which some may find ecletic yet others may find a song well ahead of its time. Quiet haunting acustical music that is the perfect blend of sensual and sex. An excellent song to well- again, this is grown folks music so like if you have to ask, you might want to just want to find Forget Me Nots on collection and call it a day. Peace TFKNT

Patrice Rushen -Straight From the Heart- recordings

This is a superb achievement in "modern soul" all tracks great.This record really holds up ,and is aging well.I would buy this recording just for the track: Remind Me.


Where on Earth is her Lifetime Grammy, AMA, People's Choice, or BET award?! One of the most talented, underated, and influential artist of the modern day Soul/R&B/Adult Contemporary era ever!!!


Born: September 30, 1954 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Along with contemporaries George Duke and George Benson, Patrice Rushen made a major transition from cutting respected acoustic jazz material to hitting the upper reaches of the club and R&B charts. A dynamite keyboardist with a limited but sweet voice, Rushen debuted at the age of 20 on the Prestige label, working with maverick saxophonist Joe Henderson. Within a matter of a few years, legendary club DJ Larry Levan was spinning her carefree but sophisticated post-disco singles released on Elektra....
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