A "swift lippin', ego trippin' and body snatching" scientist creating a race of specially designed "Afronauts" with the purpose of sending them out to make the entire universe funky? Possibly a slightly bizarre concept for an album, but one which Parliament carry off with their customary style and aplomb. From the retro-sounding synthesised organ prelude, to the excellent horn work which is a feature of many of the tracks, this album is fun, entertaining, and very, very funky. Highlights include George Clinton's medically themed voiceover competing with famous jazz trombonist Fred Wesley in "Dr. Funkenstein", the slinky magnificence of "I've been watching you..." and the final track "Funkin' for fun", which it is almost impossible to sit still through.
So, why not 5 stars? Just a few minor criticisms - it is quite a short album, and while the material is all great, it doesn't tie in with the overall theme as well as some of the band's other concept albums. However, this is still a great CD - I highly recommend it, and for a mere eight quid, can you really go wrong?