Loyal reader, if you've read my column with any frequency, you've seen that funk is one of my favorite genres. And why not? It's generally pretty happy and upbeat, and it gets you moving. It's usually a pretty good experience when I get some funk delivered to my inbox, it was most definitely a good thing when I saw the new album from Nick Pride and The Pimptones in my inbox.
The album begins with the title track, and admittedly it's not as upbeat as the rest of the song. It does, however, work a pretty good groove after the orchestral beginning. It grows into a song that reminds me of Average White Band, and there's nothing wrong with that.
After the opening track, the band really gets down to the funk. "Second Hand Wife" reminds me a lot of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings both in the melody and the vocals. One of my favorite tracks on the album is "Why Does My Man Got To Be So Tough?" This is just a great funk song. The horns bring James Brown to mind. The rhythm will get you to try your best impression of James Brown's dance moves, and the guitar is pretty wicked too. this is the kind of song that makes you want to push back the furniture and roll up the rug so you can dance and get funky right in your living room.
This band shows some pretty good range. Influences range from hip-hop in "Non-stop" to the bluesy "Walkin' out the Door," another of my favorite songs on the album. The harmonica gives this song a lowdown feel that I can't get enough of. Rejuiced Phat Shake is a great funk album. If you want some music to get you grooving, add this one to your collection. It will be available on 14 February.
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