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G. Love And Special Sauce - G. Love & Special Sauce

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Genre: R&B & Soul - Soul / Artist: G. Love & Special Sauce / Audio CD released 1999-04-12 at Sony Music

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      28.01.2012 22:57
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      A really unique debut album back in 1994

      G. Love and Special Sauce is a pretty awfully named artist at the best of times, I have to say that I wouldn't usually go anywhere near an album or artist with that name, this album ticks both those boxes so it's a bit odd that I ended up at it.

      The band's debut album was released in 1994 by Epic Records and it's not a bad starter at all, white boy Garrett Dutton is the band's focal point being the lead vocalist and guitarist, the story goes that he used to busk the blues being a big fan of the early blues when he became involved in a vibrant hip hop scene.

      The outcome is that with the help of string bassist Jimi Prescott and drummer Jeffrey Clemens, he mixes the two types of music and plays in a sort of slow sloppy style not to dissimilar from The White Stripes. Vocally it's all rather weird, I'm not too familiar with the Philladelphia accent but if you could imagine Sylvester Stallone singing to The Bloodhound Gang then I think you have the sort of sound that he's going for.

      Other than the occasional guitar lick there's very little remnants of Garrett's blues heroes coming through into this album, the band has a distinct youthfulness to it on tracks like "Shooting Hoops" and "Cold Beverages". Celebrating simple things in style, certainly in the case of the latter which is without a doubt the best track on the album.

      The album does have a weak side, there are a couple of tracks with a rather mediocre lazy feel to them that lack anything at all to grab the listener, "Baby's Got Sauce" is one of them. If you liked Beck's Odelay then you should enjoy this, it's not faultless and it's not really even the type of thing I listen to it but it's really not bad and quite innovative.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 The Things That I Used To Do
      2 Blues Music
      3 Garbage Man
      4 Eyes Have Miles
      5 Baby's Got Sauce
      6 Rhyme for the Summertime
      7 Cold Beverage
      8 Fatman
      9 This Ain't Living
      10 Walk To Slide
      11 Shooting Hoops
      12 Some Peoples Like That
      13 Town To Town
      14 I Love You