12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A deeply felt collection of early-’70s soul, What’s Going On is a current-events chronicle that could get by on its burbling groove alone. The title track, “What’s Happening Brother,” and “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” are laden collages of supple post-funk rhythms and despairing urban mood that barely even need words to get their message across. Yet the lyrics match the music: The “picket lines and picket signs,” “trigger-happy policing,” poison wind, collapsing ghettos, and boys sent off to die are just a few of the details in these timeless portraits.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

A deeply felt collection of early-’70s soul, What’s Going On is a current-events chronicle that could get by on its burbling groove alone. The title track, “What’s Happening Brother,” and “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” are laden collages of supple post-funk rhythms and despairing urban mood that barely even need words to get their message across. Yet the lyrics match the music: The “picket lines and picket signs,” “trigger-happy policing,” poison wind, collapsing ghettos, and boys sent off to die are just a few of the details in these timeless portraits.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
124 Ratings
124 Ratings
teacherpet ,

Top 5 Albums Ever!!!

Discovered this album when I was 17. Played “What’s Going On” till I drove my mom crazy. Finally brought the album and I still play it 30 years later. I brought the album 3 times in the 20s cuz my mother, brother, and father kept stealing it and never returned it. Every song “Inner City Blues” “ What’s Happenin Brother” “ “Wholly Holy” is a classic.

Sarah Bear 99 ,

Marvin

Doesn’t really get better than this

Geesuss69 ,

Beautiful Genius

Frustration about social issues which will likely never be resolved expressed in the most beautiful way.

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