Some folks will tell you that musicians can't do anything new. They may be right, but every once in a while, something comes up. Maybe it's not new exactly, but it's unusual enough to grab the attention. For example, lots of bands have covered Black Sabbath. However, how many times have you heard the music of Black Sabbath in a Latin funk style? That is precisely what Brownout has done with its Brown Sabbath album, and it is something to behold.
The album begins with "The Wizard". While this song has the fuzzy guitar you're used to hearing in Sabbath songs, it also goes heavy on the horns. This song can have you rocking out and shaking your backside simultaneously. In fact, that's a good way to look at this album. Getting sweaty to the music of black Sabbath may be nothing unusual. However, it usually comes in the form of a circle pit. This album will get you sweaty from shaking what your mama gave you.
It wouldn't be easy to pick a favorite song from this album because they're all so good. That being said, "N. I. B." probably resides at the top of my list. This song has a grooving rhythm (including an awesome bass line that will rumble your gut), a guitar part that brings Funkadelic to mind, and some horns that provide a whole new dimension to this familiar tune. Plus, it ends with an instrumental that kind of takes your mind to another place. It's a funky psychedelic freakout, man. A close runner-up would be "Black Sabbath". This song ends with an instrumental that showcases the guitar and the horns. Do yourself a favor when you play this song. turn up the volume as loud as you can stand it.
If you're a fan of funk, you are going to love this album. If you're a fan of Black Sabbath, yes, this is different than the Sabbath records you grew up hearing. However, it is pretty fresh to hear these tunes get funked up by a really solid band. Get this album, crank the volume, and dance to your heart's content. It will definitely give you a good workout.