HERE WE GO! is a must have for any funk fan, and a damn good listen for anyone else.
It is not a disk that will sit on your shelf. It is a disk that will get carried with you, used, worn out, loaned, lost, and happily bought again any number of times. This album is a wall-to-wall musical experience featuring a broad spectrum of grooves.
Old-school funkateers will have their hope renewed by "Big Bang Theory" with its expansive horn hook and tight latin flavored rhythms that recall the funk classics of Tower of Power. At the same time, a strong hip-hop influence colors "Here We Go", propelled by a rumbling synth-doubled bass, a rap and turntables...plus horns!!!
An eerie, floating electric piano permeates the soon-to-be radio anthem "Love Supreme", and the world of smooth, funky pop will groove for years to the witty "Fat Pants", the sexy "Into Your Groove", and the plaintive yet propulsive "Do You Believe?".
The marriage of old school funk to modern rock is carried furthest in "Whatcha Gonna Do?" and "Why?", which simply must be heard! On top of all of this, there are two searing instrumentals - one recorded live - that remove any doubt that these horns are the real thing. Each of the 4 horn players has a blazing solo somewhere on this album. Also impressive is that the same vocalist is never heard twice in a row.
There is a constant modulation of feel, texture and energy that never lets the listener down from a constant rollercoaster high.