10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Angela Bofill’s career was steeped in jazz, she took a sharp turn toward funk with 1983’s Too Tough. The bass-heavy title song proudly displayed the influence of Prince, whose brand of punchy postmodern funk was a surprisingly good fit for Bofill. At the same time, “Tonight I Give In” and “Accept Me” provided a human touch at a time when more and more female singers were being paired with overly mechanized productions. Though a duet with Boz Scaggs revived an iconic song by Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell, Bofill’s connection to Motown’s musicality is better witnessed on “I Can See It in Your Eyes,” which captures the billowy, cascading arrangements of old Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson productions. There’s nothing wrong with funk-pop tunes like “Love You Too Much” and “Is This a Dream,” both of which are as tasty as lollipops, but Bofill sounds most like herself on “Song for a Rainy Day,” which harks back to the lush, sparkling sounds of her first two albums.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Angela Bofill’s career was steeped in jazz, she took a sharp turn toward funk with 1983’s Too Tough. The bass-heavy title song proudly displayed the influence of Prince, whose brand of punchy postmodern funk was a surprisingly good fit for Bofill. At the same time, “Tonight I Give In” and “Accept Me” provided a human touch at a time when more and more female singers were being paired with overly mechanized productions. Though a duet with Boz Scaggs revived an iconic song by Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell, Bofill’s connection to Motown’s musicality is better witnessed on “I Can See It in Your Eyes,” which captures the billowy, cascading arrangements of old Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson productions. There’s nothing wrong with funk-pop tunes like “Love You Too Much” and “Is This a Dream,” both of which are as tasty as lollipops, but Bofill sounds most like herself on “Song for a Rainy Day,” which harks back to the lush, sparkling sounds of her first two albums.

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About Angela Bofill

Bronx native Angela Bofill sang with Ricardo Morrero & the Group and the Dance Theater of Harlem chorus before her 1978 debut. With her strong, distinctive alto, she has carved a niche as an outstanding interpreter of soul ballads. Between 1978 and 1984, Bofill had consistent success on the R&B charts, with six albums making the Top 40 (five of which made the Top 100 on the pop charts as well), including two, Angel of the Night (1979) and Too Tough (1983), that made the Top Ten. During this period, she also placed seven singles in the R&B Top 40, with "Too Tough" making the Top Ten. Bofill's career cooled off after 1984, but she returned to the R&B charts with Intuition (1988), I Wanna Love Somebody (1993), and Love in Slow Motion (1996). ~ Bil Carpenter

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY [The Bronx]
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    May 2, 1954

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