Ready for the World

She Said She Wants Some

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Who knew that from 1994 to 2001, '80s electro-funk masters Ready for the World were making music? Certainly not anyone in the mainstream consciousness, and that's definitely a good thing. Anyone listening to She Said She Wants Some would be in sheer denial that the genius behind such hits as "Love You Down," "Oh Sheila," and others would offer up such a trite, cold platter of clich├ęd pop and rap that's three parts baffling and a dash of insipid mixed into a whole mess of horribles and gone wrongs. Lyrics like "My horniness just goes on and on because I'm alone/That's why I picked up the phone and made a booty call" do the entire Ready for the World catalog a total disservice, and that's just one of many examples of unoriginality that could be cited ("Hit the sheets/But keep them neat/For the atomic dogg lover"). Brilliantly generic R&B beats over totally banal lyrics run across the 12 tracks here -- to a degree unparalleled by most releases out there today. It's amazing that anyone involved with the group would sanction such a horrible collection of trite songs. There isn't even a gem in the pile to speak of; it's more like pieces of anthracite coal that should have stayed in the mines. This collection should be avoided by almost anyone, especially those wishing to preserve their fond memories of such a genius group that offered the world some blazing funk decades ago. Some things are just better left in the vaults.

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