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"America Eats Its Young" came out in 1972 as the fourth album from the Psychedelic Rock/Soul and Funk band Funkadelic. It sees that this time around you find the first appearance from the bassist Bootsy Collins, who comes to join the likes of Tiki Fulwood (on drums), Ed Hazel (on guitar) and lead vocals from George Clinton (amongst many others who make up the then ever-changing line-up, who also went as Parliament too.
1. "You Hit The Nail On The Head"
Getting things going here, you see that off the hype of a killer album ("Maggot Brain") they choose to liven the listeners up with some pure Funk material, in which you find that they get busy on a long-lasting introductory tune to get you excited for what they offer with a few mildly-political messages being brought forward.
2. "If You Don't Like The Effects, Don't Produce The Cause"
You find that with this one they show that the lyrics in their work are becoming a much more important aspect of what they do as they make sure that it is made a priority in it and also ensure that it is backed up by funky wah-wahs to keep you interested throughout as they get down to a slower thing that what came with the opener.
3. "Everybody Is Going To Make It This Time"
You get a degree of progression through this one as you find that within it you get one which has them really slowing up the pace and trying out something which appears to take on a form unlike anything you tend to get elsewhere with one which as element of Psychedelic Soul used. This was something I wasn't too keen on, and it was a bit difficult to really enjoy.
4. "A Joyful Process"
You get some hardcore Funk material coming through on this one and with such a heavy composition being used where they bring out some alternative sources, such as the horns, you see that they are trying out lots of new things to add to the Funk of the percussion style they had already effectively developed and the guitar work which fell into place with it.
5. "We Hurt Too"
This is an emotive one from the and it sees them doing things in away completely unlike what they tend to be like as you see that they do some deep Soul work where they are able to escape the party tunes to let out that it is alright for men to have their moments too, but I wasn't really feeling it all that much.
6. "Loose Booty"
This is one is a killer jam off the album and one which you just can't ignore as you see that Cordell Monsoon brings out some of the most exciting work he possibly could out of the bouncing bass riff, and from here you have Clinton laying down what has been described to be a sort of "obscene nursery rhyme" as they remake some old Parliament material.
Although it is a short one on the album, it is one which says a lot as it has the first appearance of Bootsy Collins, and even at this stage you get him working in a style which people know him best for as he went on to form Bootsy's Rubber Band with his eccentric mannerism coming through in the bass work and the song writing.
8. "I Call My Baby Pussycat"
Made as a remake to a song found on the debut album of the group as Parliament, this is one which has them showing how they have progressed in just two years with one which takes the pace down somewhat for a sensual recording designed to show the Soul material they are capable of. I saw it as a big improvement upon the original, and has the main Parliament members: Clinton, Hazel and Billy Bass Nelson delivering the vocals.
9. "America Eats Its Young"
This is a another of the Soul tracks which you get from the band, as it sees that they get down to more of their more emotion music here, and I felt that in this case it was much more easy to really get into as you are able to feel, through the string work, their feelings on the eponymous track from the album as they let their opinions on their country clear.
10. "Biological Speculation"
They move things on quite a bit here as they come off the one prior to it with one which has them dropping into more swinging material where they are seen to lay down another funky groove to excite the listeners as they perform one which fits in with expectations concerning their views as they choose to talk on how the natural world is able to fix any problems have been brought about.
11. "That Was My Girl"
This is one which was originally done by them as Parliament as early as 1965 (have years before they officially debuted) and it has them getting down to something which has George Clinton leading them all to for an exciting jam made to break up the heavy lyricism in the album for a nice little tune dedicate to a special girl.
This one has to have a pretty simplistic message behind it as you find that within this one they are seen to bring fourth more of the stuff where they turn towards (Mother) Nature for answers as they refer to how there is much variation in the weather. It has Bootsy on lead vocals and he does thing well in this position.
13. "Miss Lucificer's Love"
Fuzzy Haskins steps up for the vocals in this one for a bit of a change, and you see that in this one there are many other changes to the way things are done as you find that with it their turn back towards the soulful material and also are seen to bring in the incorporate religion into things to o give that extra bit of variety, but I wouldn't have said tit really did all that much for me.
14. "Wake Up"
Bringing the album t a close in a rather appealing manner, you see that for the close of this 1972 album, they decide to get into some of their politically-charged material which is masked in the fact that it is done in an upbeat manner to make sure that you aren't really annoyed by this and instead are exciting tempo.
I have to say that coming directly off "Maggot Brain" this album clearly wasn't as strong as the material which you found on it with this one still pushing the Funk forward, but by incorporating much more of the Soul, it just wasn't as lively. The Bootsy Collin elements are bound to excite any fan and I felt that this was one of few aspects within it which showed that they were taking things forward with the energetic side.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 You Hit the Nail on the Head
2 If You Don't Like the Effects, Don't Produce the Cause
3 Everybody Is Going to Make It This Time
4 Joyful Process
5 We Hurt Too
6 Loose Booty
8 I Call My Baby Pussycat
9 America Eats Its Young
10 Biological Speculation
11 That Was My Girl
13 Miss Lucifer's Love
14 Wake Up
15 Loose Booty [45 Version][*]
16 Joyful Process [45 Version][*]