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Philadelphonic

G. Love & Special Sauce

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

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.

philadelphonic

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.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

G. Love & Special Sauce are a Philadelphia-based trio whose laid-back, sloppy blues sound is quite unique, as it encompasses the sound/production of classic R&B and recent rap artists (the Beastie Boys, in particular). The group — G. Love (born Garrett Dutton) on guitar/vocals/harmonica, Jeff Clemens on drums, and Jim Prescott on upright bass — released their self-titled debut in 1994 on OKeh/Epic. It received enthusiastic reviews and nearly went gold on the strength of the MTV-spun...
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