Chaka Khan has really funked up this time. That's not to undermine the ultra-diva's 35-plus-year career in which she helped carve out a funk-soul blueprint with the group Rufus and solo. But, man, the funk is strong on her first album in a decade, thanks in no small part to Janet Jackson producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who heard her call for funk and answered that call -- with funk.
The two constants are the wah of an X-rated guitar and Khan's elastic wail. Some of the jams are soft and soothing (One For All Time, Angel), and Will You Love Me? bears modern Snoop Dogg-style production. But Jimmy and Terry also bring out the wrath of Khan, especially on Foolish Fool, on which she calls out another girl who's trying to destroy her world. Disrespectful, featuring her girl Mary J. Blige, sounds like the RZA circa 36 Chambers doing the beat for Amerie's One Thing.