Although a personal favourite, this album is extremely frustrating. Reason being, if it wasn't for the poor tracks, Huey and co. would have a good argument for this being hailed as one of the best albums of the 1990's.
When they're good, they're very good. 'Up On The Hill' is an outstanding track. Not only does it create a nostalgic picture of the streets of New York, it does so to a soundtrack so smooth it defies belief. The bass works as a team with the slow drums to make a sound so laid back it could make the worlds politicians kick back and light up a joint.
'Love Unlimited', 'Sugar' 'We're All Very Worried About You' 'The View Belongs To Everyone' 'Back On The Block' all maintain the same laid back style and all to the same impressive effect. The humorous nature of the lyrics and carefree nonchalance of the music disguise the fact that the group are a lot more talented than they first appear. There is an interesting use of diverse instruments to very good effect; it takes accomplished musicians to create the jazzy sound FLC have.
There are one or two poor tracks however, namely '10th Street' and the terrible 'Southside', where the jazz is substituted for a heavy rock sound, and ends up looking out of place and clumsy, and spoils the mood of the album.
Another criticism would be, that within all the smooth jazzy ensembles, there is a distinct lack of marketable songs; there aren't any potential singles, which I think could have made this album one of the greats of the decade, rather than a cult favourite.
A great album, nonetheless, it makes superb chill out music, and if you're a fan of modern jazz, a good addition to your collection.