A native of New York, the iconic Joyce Sims made a name for herself in the mid to late 1980s with storming club anthems like “All and All,” “Come into My Life” and “Walk Away.” Now she’s back with a new full-length release Love Song, her first album of new material since A New Beginning in 2006.
Kicking things off this time is “All I Want Is You,” an infectious tune set to a catchy dance beat that shows off the 56 year old’s impressive vocal abilities. Love Song is an appealing combination of the old and the new; the first track is a modern dance floor filler, for example, whereas track three “Until” has a laid-back vibe reminiscent of 1970s disco.
The title track has an even more laid-back groove and is an enjoyable slice of R&B, while “Running Back to You” is also a rewarding listen. After a few so-so numbers, the sultry delivery of “Dreaming” gets things back on track and I liked the upbeat “Back in Love” too. The album ends with a solid remix of “Until.”
Having excelled not just as a vocalist but also as a songwriter throughout her long career (her first album came out way back in 1987), Sims has had her work covered and sampled by artists such as Snoop Dogg, Randy Crawford and Angie Stone. She continues to tour all around the world and over the years has collaborated with the likes of Maxi Priest and Jimmy Castor.
Despite some average moments – non-dance floor filler, I guess you could say – Love Song contains a number of outstanding tracks – mixing both the old and the new while still managing to sound thoroughly modern – that deserve to be heard in bars and packed nightclubs all over the world. The dance floor is where this lady belongs.
Love Song is available now from iTunes.
For more information, visit Ms. Sims’ official website.