Oldies first. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam’s debut album featured the instant classic “I Wonder If I Take You Home”, an early example of the hybridization of R&B, hip-hop and dance music that may not yet have been equaled and the club classic “Can You Feel the Beat”, but “All Cried Out” was the biggest hit of them all going top 10 Pop and R&B. Lisa Lisa wasn’t a spectacular vocalist, but she had personality galore which always gave her performances extra “oomph”. And here she milks her Latina charisma for all its worth. As for the contributions of Full Force, it’s competent singing but none of the personality of Lisa Lisa. You can see why she’s tired of their sorry act. Aside from the vocals, things in favor of 80s “All Cried Out” is actually the era of its recording. The track isn’t just vintage, it sounds vintage. This is a nice trait for a song detailing past heartache. The cherry on top is the oh-so 80s, power ballad guitar solo. The angst!
Flawless victory for the Spanish Fly.