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This prolific modern-jazz fusion ensemble put their chops to use on a riff-heavy set of originals, with instrumentals that move between funk-ready grooves (“Tarova”) and lighter-strutting swing (“Grown Folks”). There are experiments, such as “Beep Box,” which starts out as an ambient folk number—and then the synths enter. The album’s stylistic movement makes good on the title’s promise of voracious consumption; even if the band might be making a (snarky!) point about contemporary media absorption, their roving intelligence makes all this genre-hopping sound like the product of healthy minds.

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I little less "Snarky" than expected...

So I'll start with the obligatory "Snarky Puppy are one of the best bands around." They are my favorite band personally, and the string of albums that is "Tell Your Friends" through "Sylva" are all 5/5 albums to me. Perfection. When I saw the teaser trailer for this album, I was quickly excited to see they would be in the studio, and Michael League himself stated he wanted it to yield to a different result. So is it wrong for me to think this collective of creative geniuses would use the studio as an instrument in itself and come out with some crazy, trippy, out-of-this-world album that would be so filled to the brim with insane production and nuance that at least a few of the songs wouldn't even be able to be pulled off live? Well.. I was wrong.. This album is better than most music being put out today, but compared to the masterpieces that preceded it, it falls short. These songs ALL sound easier to play live than "What About Me?" or the monstrous "The Clearing". The studio is hardly being pushed to its creative boundaries and what we get is easily the least "snarky" album in about a decade. My philosophy with Snarky Puppy is "come for the hooks, stay for the solos." Songs like "Lingus", "Young Stuff", and "The Curtain" rewarded multiple listens because you unraveled a little bit more from each solo every time you heard it. This album doesn't really do the same. There is one great, trippy, elephant-like sax solo that I really like on this album, but the other solos are barely memorable, and Mr. Maher's trumpet solo sounds a little too much like his solo on "The Clearing". And the hooks aren't pulling their weight either compared to previous albums. Most of these songs are just heavy grooves, and the "studio quality" sounds great from a producer/engineer standpoint, but it's not really adding much. The songs that do benefit the most from the production are "Gemini" and "Beep Box" which both are not Michael League songs, but J. Stanton and C. Bullock respectively. And those two are the best on the album I think. I was expecting more spacey, moody, and diverse tracks like those two, but this album lacks in diversity compared to say the incredible diversity of "We Like It Here". "Palmero" and "The Simple Life" especially are two of the most forgettable songs Snarky Puppy has ever written. The front 5 tracks of this album is where the better stuffs at. The whole album is good, and it's Snarky Puppy for sure, but I can't help but feel critical because these guys have set a standard for themselves with their last four proper albums, and this one falls short. I was just expecting way more. They shouldn't have thought about live performance or anything and just pulled a "Sergeant Pepper's" and just played with the studio to make the most insanely snarky music possible. But this is their blandest record in quite sometime. I enjoy this record, but I don't listen to Snarky Puppy for enjoyment, I listen to be blown away.

the wait is over...

gemini enough said😎

omg

this band is out of earth. Tarova should be the next James Bond movie track. Looking fwd to listen the full Palermo track, it has definitely got me attracted

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Denton, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Fusion-influenced jam band Snarky Puppy make exploratory jazz, rock, and funk. Formed in Denton, Texas in 2004, the group features a wide-ranging assemblage of musicians known affectionately as "the Fam," centered around bassist and leader Michael League. They debuted with the concert album Live at Uncommon Ground in 2005. Since then, the band has built up a loyal following with a steady touring schedule and a handful of well-received albums including The Only Constant (2006), The World Is Getting...
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