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New Orleans is a city defined by its unique and colorful history. It's for that reason that most tend to view the place as something of a musical museum while ignoring the town's vibrant and innovative new music. In New Orleans, the hip-hop at the heart of today's culture emerged from an energetic, highly eroticized and occasionally gender-bending music called "bounce". ... Read more in Amazon's Galactic Store

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Mixing MCs and live instruments really can go either way. Over a decade into their career, New Orleans funk outfit, Galactic, have taken the plunge; dispensing with their lead vocalist and enlisting the help of a slew of rappers on their sixth record. Galactic devised a brief for each of their collaborators to work around. Working to the concept of corners in the city, from literal and metaphorical urban intersections to the crossing of musical paths, each MC gives their own interpretation of street life. Don't let the dreaded 'concept album' tag put you off, though, From The Corner! perfectly meshes the chaotic, Mardi Gras of Ozomatli with the spaced-out funk of Quannum Projects and The Roots.

Opener I Got What You Need sees Lyrics Born kickstart the jam with his rap/singing hybrid. The track has distinct echoes of his work on Quannum's 1999 hit, I Changed My Mind. Therein lies the only problem with this record. Galactic are a group that boldly wear their influences and sometimes these shades of inspiration can seem like a looming shadow. For instance we get the wah-wah funk of Bounce Baby, which borrows heavily from the instrumental jams of The Beastie Boys' Ill Communication.

With the exception of Louisiana native, Juvenile, the MCs on board are all sourced from the indie-rap pool, though there are some elements of New Orleans 'bounce' (a mix of crunk and screw hip hop) at work. Mr. Lif breezes through !And I'm Out, tackling contentious issues with an insightful but light-hearted delivery. Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 (Think Back) and Lateef the Truth Speaker also make memorable appearances; the latter - on the chorus of No Way - shines the brightest.

Galactic demonstrate mature musicianship throughout, always excercising restraint where over-zealous players might drown out the narratives of the guest wordsmith. Only on the Boots Riley-featuring Hustle Up do they get the balance wrong. And when the group allow themselves moments of instrumental indulgence (the Youngblood Brass Band swinging-stomp of Fanfare), it's hard to imagine a more succinct display of old Orleans brass and New Orleans bounce. --Alex Forster

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Galactic blends funk and hip hop! 21 April 2008
By Ben FELTEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Last week in Boston I (somewhat unreasonably, don't tell my wife) splurged on a whole load of CDs when visiting Newbury Comics. One of these records is Galactic's latest album From the Corner to the Block. Having finally found the time to listen to it (don't you find it annoying that you can't load a CD on your iPod from a computer other than your primary? Guess I remember now why I'm not a big Steve "no-DRM" Jobs fan!), I wanted to share my first impressions with you.

I've talked about Galactic here in passing already, but I haven't reviewed any of their records (my favorite of which is and remains the awesome We Love 'em Tonight: Live at Tipitina's). In a way, From the Corner to the Block is both a result of the trend the band has been following lately and it's shift in audience, and a landmark release. Most of the songs feature singers from the hip-hop/urban scene, as opposed to the blues/soul vocals of resident vocalist Theryl 'Houseman' De Clouet. Since I don't know that scene, I can't tell you if these guys are famous or upstarts or considered good or bad. What I can tell you is that the combination of Galactic's legendary laid-back groove and hip hop vocals is a winner.

From the Corner to the Block rocks harder than previous Galactic releases I've heard, Stanton Moore's drumming is as sharp as ever, Ben Ellman's harmonica is a little more present than in previous releases (or maybe there's less of his sax playing) but overall, what makes this album is that marriage of groove and hip hop. One of the things I tend to dislike about most hip hop I've heard is the insistence on being backed by beatboxes and synths. Not only because I don't like them, but because they give the music a mechanical quality which is, to me, incompatible with groove.

Hip hop artists backed by musicians (as opposed to machines) like Saul Williams, Abd al-Malik here in France, Nya with Erik Truffaz or the harmonica-laden Ironie du Son from Switzerland make for a much groovier combination in my opinion. And this is what works for me here too. Boots Riley in particular has a delivery that works really well with Galactic's groove and when I saw them live in Paris he impressed me the most.

Check this out, whichever side of the fence you're from, it's well worth your while.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not the old Galactic 25 Sep 2007
By Saffibee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Galactic fan from days long gone and were hoping to find some of that same sound in this new recording, you may be disappointed. I was. I hear remnants of the old Galactic in there, but the vocals obscure what still sounds good to me. I give Galactic credit for branching out and growing. But from a old fan's perspective, if what you are looking for is something along the lines of Coolin' Off or Ruckus, you will not find it here.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not Their Best Effort 1 Oct 2007
By Smitty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album takes more than one spin in your player in order to enjoy. Although hip hop isn't my favorite music style, I find the lyrics on this album to be mostly an annoyance - not because it is hip hop, but because it is drowning out the musicians. If you are looking for old Galactic, avoid this album. Actually, if you are looking for old Galactic, build a time machine. Galactic does not seem to be going back to their roots, but instead planting more creative seeds.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Galactic Triumph 24 Aug 2007
By C. G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the reviewers below needs to open his mind quite a bit, it seems... for to dismiss Galactic's most recent effort as simply a "rap" album is to do the band a great disservice. This isn't "rap", but hip-hop in the most classic sense of the word. I've always felt that Galactic's dynamic grooves would be complimented by talented MCs, and the group has selected some of the finest in underground hip-hop to collaborate with. Lyrics Born, Ohmega Watts, and Lateef (among others) bring their A-game to the table, and the result is an explosive funk/rock/hip-hop fusion that hasn't been seen since the heyday of The Roots. My only (tiny) issue here is that the instrumentals are too short (some only amount to skits), and the album could have been rounded out nicely by their expansion, or perhaps by the inclusion of more of the ensemble's signature songs, like "Tuff Love". Five stars to Galactic for bringing some class back to hip-hop, and also for rising above their oft-perceived status as a mere jam band... they are clearly so much more than that.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Gathering no Moss 24 Aug 2007
By Expedient Note - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's been close to 5 years since Ruckus was released. That album was quite different than Galactic's previous album,We Love 'Em Tonight (Live at Tipitina's) and so it required some adjustment to one's conceptions of this fascinating group. Galactic is, if anything, always about moving forward. Whether forward is something a Galactic fan is happy about is another story. I'll start with why I gave this album a "4" instead of a "5". Two songs, "Hustle Up" and "Squarebiz", after 6 listenings still do not appeal to me. Replace these 2 with 2 pure instrumentals or two songs with Chali 2na (who raps on "Think Back"), and this album would be a "5", for sure.
As usual, the instrumentals, whether alone or on the selections Galcatic collaborated on with the 10 rappers, are superb. Stanton Moore, on drums, is energetic and is humorous in his usual manner. Jeff Raines, an underrated musician, makes his guitar quips stand out. Ben Ellman is thoroughly enjoying himself as he's blowing his brains out. For those not familiar with Galactic, I'd suggestCoolin' Off as the starting off place. For Galactic fans out there? You may have to give this a few listens and exercise an open mind. You will be rewarded handsomely. It's a particularly great CD to play in your car. Yes, this is still Galactic. They're simply expanding their galaxy.
Stand outs: "Think Back", "The Corner", "From the Corner to the Block", "Tuff Love"
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