Once she gets the listening audience going on the first track, things really kick into gear on the second song, a powerful remake of the 1969 soul classic "Foolish Fool," originally recorded by Dee Dee Warwick. "Foolish Fool," about a woman fending off another woman who's trying to take her man. This song, along with the next two tracks, the acoustic "One For All Time," (which was written by Chaka with producer Terry Lewis) and the moving, old-school power ballad "Angel," are practically worth the album's purchase price all by themselves.
A good deal of the credit for the album's quality is deserved by its producers, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. They managed to find the right styles of music for Chaka which give the album a classic feel, but still modern enough of a touch to maintain a sense of relevancy and not make Chaka seem like a nostalgia act or a relic from a bygone era.
However, this is a rare thing: the other remakes on the album, including songs originally done by Michael McDonald ("You Belong to Me") Joni Mitchell ("Ladies Man") and Chaka's former group, Rufus (a medley of "Pack'd My Bags" and "You Got the Love") are all well done. Overall though, the original material definitely shines brighter than the cover songs.
Interestingly, one original song, which features another of America's greatest singers, Mary J. Blige, is good, but takes time to warm up to. The song, "Disrespectful," is sort of a modern-day version of Aretha Frankin's "Respect" and starts off with the momentum of a runaway locomotive, but then has that momemtum almost derailed by an awkward chorus. Despite that though, Funk This is a must-have for devoted Chaka fans and can also be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates massive, powerful vocals.