Funk has come,funk has gone and over time it's come disguised and other times full blown. Nontheless no matter what happens it somehow ends up back in New Orleans. The first time I heard Galactic was when they burst onto the scene with their excellent Meters-like debut album Crazyhorse Mongoose. Over the years they've adapted their sound more and more to the hip-hop/funk crowd with a lot psychedelic touches. This album comes full circle with all of that. This is a guest oriented recording but there's an interesting catch: most of the participants are going to be somewhat unknown and all come from the New Orleans area. The biggest known guests are Irma Thomas and needless to say Allen Toussaint (is it really possible to make ANY album in that city without him?) and both are tremendous highlites in Irma's bluesy jam of "Heart Of Steel" and the chugging funk of "Bacchus". Even though no one else on the album is a big name there are some great new funk tunes in "Cinermascope" and "Speaks His Mind". These songs bring it all together not just from some hip-hop style rhythms to the Sly Stone,Miles Davis and Norman Whitfield that inspired them. It may sound something like The Roots but their is a difference. These compositions are not only strong but never dwell in any way on "live music naturalness",a subject I've discussed many times in my reviews. There's excellent production throughout this entire album,from reverb to echo for some exciting funk sounds and not only that everything from blues,jazz even to the African style sounds that once came out of Congo Square. Even if it is a modern sound with some almost crunkish hip-hop influences here and there,even some profanity thrown in on "Do It Again" curtesy of Cheeky Blakk this album is an important reminder that funk is definately not the pure retro music it's often made out to be: that it's one of the most adaptable form of R&B from over the years and that it's always going to have something new to it and continue to offer the unexpected.