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The title of G. Love & Special Sauce's fourth album illustrates their desire to play up their Philadelphia roots, emphasizing classic Philly soul along with their blues-rap melange. Philadelphonic isn't entirely unsuccessful on that front, either. The group's laid-back, groove-oriented sound benefits from the sophisticated, sultry sound of Philly soul, as the single "Rodeo Clowns" illustrates. The problem is, G. Love & Special Sauce still winds up sacrificing songs for groove and feel. That wouldn't be so bad if Philadelphonic was simply a series of jams, but they continue to write material that feels like songs but never gels. They turn out to be vehicles for jams and half-hearted, muttered raps, neither of which provide hooks or memorable turns of phrase. That doesn't mean Philadelphonic doesn't sound good, since the group does have a way with a groove — it just never really rises above the level of a groove-jam album.
Best G album!!!
By far my favorite G album with the classic songs that made me fall in love with this music! 'Love' is one of the best tracks, such a sexy song. And 'Kick Drum' is such a fun song, especially to hear live! The crowd gets so into it! I Love G. Love & the Special Sauce. Truly talented musicians.
my wife and i have extremely deep roots installed into this album. Even though at different times in different places this album churns the most amazing feelings and sing along moments!!! Sooooooo sick!! Our kids have been listening to it from birth!!!
G. Love Just Keeps On Goin'...
Another worthless review by someone who knows little of the great bluesman G. This is a great, chill album, and I hear something subtle every time I listen to it. G. Love continues to be great, and I agree about seeing him live. Must we overanalyze everything? I guess we can, and let G. keep on working his mojo. He's out there onto another show and living it, and we're just lucky to hear the songs. Let the music speak for itself.
Formed: 1992 in Philadelphia, PA
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs By G. Love & Special Sauce
||Baby's Got Sauce||The Best of G. Love & Special Sauce||3:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Peace, Love and Happiness||Superhero Brother||3:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rodeo Clowns||The Best of G. Love & Special Sauce||2:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Cold Beverage||The Best of G. Love & Special Sauce||2:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Soft and Sweet||Superhero Brother||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I-76||The Best of G. Love & Special Sauce||3:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wontcha Come Home||Superhero Brother||2:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||This Ain't Living||The Best of G. Love & Special Sauce||6:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Stepping Stones||The Best of G. Love & Special Sauce||4:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Who's Got the Weed||Superhero Brother||5:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|