on January 22, 2012
This is the debut album of the band that will put the men on pause, but the songs just was'nt enough for them. Klymaxx is the first female band where every member played the instruments and will soon to be the first female band to create some kind of swagger in their attitude that'll blend in with their funky music. The debut album did'nt get the band all "fired up" and neither the public. Due to the heavy songwriting and production by Stephen Shockley and Otis Stokes, the band was dubbed as the "female Lakeside" while the songs that were suppose to be a backlash against female stereotypes were very simular to what their labelmate, Carrie Lucas was recording at the time. The ballads and some of the grooves (e.g. "I Want To Love You Tonight" and "Can't Let Love Just Pass Me By ", were just "too sweet" for them and thats not what Klymaxx was all about. Those songs were fine for Carrie Lucas, The Emotions, Chaka Khan, or The Jones Girls, but not so much for Klymaxx. Part of the problem was that their creative input was limited for their debut release, unlike their future releases. Klymaxx had the fire, but they needed the right spark to ignite it. The Time's Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will soon be recruited to SOLAR records (as inside songwriters and producers) to work with Klymaxx for their second album of which will help set up the right spark. Don't get me wrong because I dug some of the grooves like the Lakeside-drenched title cut and "All Fired Up" of which were considerably funky, but for the most part, the album sounded much like what other female artists was recording in 1981, but the difference was that Klymaxx had so much potential and SOLAR records was'nt doing a good job to help them reach it. Too bad it took Klymaxx 3 more years to finally get it down packed, even though their second album was great in my book.
on November 27, 2009
Klymaxx's first lp released in 1981 got no promotion and didn't sell well, it wasn't until 1985 that I first heard this fantastic set of funk and R&B, Klymaxx proved on this project that they could play funk as well as the guys, this lp has two strong funk jams 'All Fired Up' and 'Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman', some nice ballads 'I Want To Love You Tonight' & 'No Words' and great R&B grooves with 'I Wish You Would', 'The Beat Of My Heart', 'Can't Let Love Just Pass Me By' and my favorite cut on this lp 'You're The Greatest'. Thankfully when Klymaxx's third lp was released the music world got to hear how talented these women are.