"Potlatch" by the Native-American rock group Redbone is the second album released by the group after their debut album, the self titled "Redbone". As I have mentioned in other reviews I have written on albums by this group Redbone was one of the most unique rock groups around with their own sound totally unlike any other groups there has ever been. They are also unfortunately one of the most over-looked groups as well which is a darn shame. There is no mistaking a Redbone song when you start to hear one played. With its blend of rock, cajun, soul, funk as well as the influence from the music of their native-american heritage their music can leave an impression on you that this is a music experience you had never encountered before. "Potlatch" is a good example of that kind of music Redbone has comed to be known for.
Released in late 1970 the album would have fairly good success on the billboard charts for more then 4 months and would lead to the groups first hit song "Maggie" that went to the top 50 on the charts. The songs cover a wide area of range from the rocking numbers like "Maggie" and "Judgement Day" to the reflective "Who Can Say?" to the soulful "New Blue Sermonette". One of the more interesting songs on the album that also shows how they used their native roots to influence their music is "Chant: 13th Hour" which starts off with the group doing a traditional tribal chant which then suddenly goes into the song "13th Hour". It is certainly interesting and I think one of the best songs Redbone ever did. All of the songs work together well on the album and make for a complete listening experience. I would rate "Potlatch" as their second best album they recorded but make no mistake this is an excellant album. As an extra you get on the disc two bonus tracks. The single versions of their songs "Maggie" and "New Blue Sermonette". All together I highly recommend this album.