Seven years after Sheila E.
burst upon the scene with her Top Ten single "The Glamorous Life," the talented percussionist's fourth release, Sex Cymbal
, reflects the sound of successful, late-'80s artists like Janet Jackson
and Paula Abdul
. It's a solid mix of pop/R&B ballads like the pretty (if unspectacular) "Loverboy" and more dance-oriented tracks. The title track is a slinky come-on and Sheila E.
leads her band through a horn-laden version of "Lady Marmalade." The musicianship is not-surprisingly strong and there are a couple cool instrumental jams. Sex Cymbal
is a sure-footed, groove-oriented album, but it lacks anything as memorable as her earlier hits.