For Mothers Finest lead singer Joyce Kennedy's solo debut, it is essentially an album of two halves. Leon Sylvers (of disco band The Sylvers would produce and write/co-write all the songs on Side 1, while the aforementioned Jeffrey Osborne produced Side 2, which is less about funk, and drifts close to west coast and R&B.
Some A&R men wanted Mother's Finest to be an urban contemporary act and cater to black radio's tastes, but on 'Iron Age', MF was clearly going after the heavy metal/hard rock audience of the early 1980s.
Not one of their best albums, but an interesting sidetrack nonetheless. 1989's 'Looks Could Kill' which fuses R&B, funk, soul, rock, pop and urban hip-hop/rap. It's true that this seemed to be a logical follow-on from Joyce's solo albums during the mid 80's, and that the whole affair isn't really Mothers Finest at all..
This CD is probably the heaviest of MF's entire discography. It didn't enjoy box office success for several reasons (I think we all know what they are), but among the MF faithful, it holds its place as a solid album, and demonstrates the kind of power that some bands can only dream about.