Originally Posted by FuzzyPlum
I think blues is the thread that runs through all her music. On the surface a lot of her output (especially since 82 onwards) sounds really poppy. In a basic state I bet most of her material has the same sort of bluesy nucleus.
I can hear a blues beat even underneath the glossy, easy-listening production of "Got a Hold on Me." The verses in particular.
What she does so effectively on ITM is bring some of the "bluesy nucleus" to the foreground. "Bad Journey"; "Anything is Possible"; "Forgiveness"; and "Friend" all have prominent blues- or boogie-based elements. And these are, in my opinion, the best tunes on the album.