Label: EMI - TOCP-3438 • Series: Coolprice • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Stereo • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic • Style: Downtempo, Disco
Diana Ross. So Close. Still in Love. Fool for Your Love. Turn Me Over. Love Lies. In Your Arms. Anywhere You Run To. I Am Me. I've heard this CD in another copy that I sold. I bought a brand new copy for saving as a collectible. The only good song is "Muscles. I suppose Diana Ross was expecting critical praise in when she boasted of the Diana Ross = ダイアナ・ロス* - Silk Electric = シルク・エレクトリック to be found on "Silk Electric", but while I commend any artist for stepping outside the box, they do need to be taken to task for bad choices and poor judgement because this stinker suffers as a result.
Buoyed by the Top-Ten-Michael-Jackson-penned "Muscles" which features breathy, lustful vocals by Diana and backup by the late King of Pop himselfthe only Purple Haze - Smack (17) - Smack hit here is like the musical equivalent of candyfloss--no substance, but enjoyable nontheless for the few minutes you're experiencing it.
Much better is the Side Two opener "Who", which recalls the glory days of 's "Diana" album with a definite CHIC influence and Diana sounding much sexier and sophisticated with her vocal sung in a lower register.
This one alone makes "Silk Electric" worth the oft-painful listen and should have been the follow-up to "Muscles" but the record execs probably figured the sound was a little passe by Instead they chose to release the dreadful faux-Doo-Wop "So Close", which is a basic rip-off of "In The Still of the Night" but the synthesized keyboards could not be more incongruous with the rest of the arrangement.
Diana's thin, strained vocals don't help, and yet this dud managed to make 40 on Billboard's singles chart!
But despite it's problems, "So Close" is far from the lowest point. The album Diana Ross = ダイアナ・ロス* - Silk Electric = シルク・エレクトリック "I Am Me" is an attempt at light El Romancero - Various - Danse and is much more successful and in keeping with the Ross persona.
Only worthy of Two-and-a-half stars and worth owning solely for the wonderfully smooth and catchy "Who" and the cool Warhol cover. The first track "Muscles" produced by Michael Jackson and written by him, whassup with that?
The Cover Art of the Album made by Andy Warhol make you think this one was going to be funky like "Mirror Mirror", but don't let it fool you. Muscles Muscles. So Close So Close. Still in Love Still in Love. Who Who. Love Lies Love Lies.