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The Shape Of Funk To Come.,
This review is from: Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Audio CD)
First thing I need to get off my chest to people is that, this isn't ska. Not in any shape or form. People seem to get confused to what ska actually is, and it's not 'punks with horns'. Adequate Seven are punks with horns, and not a single ska line is heard within the whole album. You can't skank to it. It's not ska. I usually don't like labels and sub-genres, but Adequate Seven seem to be the orignators of political 'funk-core'. Funky basslines in abundance? Yes. Some amazing horn lines? Yes. All mixed up with politically aware, angry lyrics, the odd dub sounds and some fast, driving hardcore punk, that make you want to put your fist in the air and shout at the top of your lungs? YES! Songs about girls, relationships, heartbreak, shoes, how life sucks? No. Songs about how British Welfare System is fucked up, how Pop Idol is a joke and how we should all unite to progress and for freedom? Yes.
'The Seven' have created one of the most genre-defying sounds I've heard in the last year or so, and maybe only Ye Wiles can rival them in originality. To the songs, there is not a dull moment. There aren't many albums that I can sit through, and never get bored. Maybe Thursday's sophomore and FATA's spellbinding debut on Ferret, but that's about it. There are great albums, which have plenty of good songs but a few as filler, and then there are the classics. I feel this album is a classic. From the slower, funkier, mellow songs like 'Minor Details', the superb 'Grassroots Resisance' and the fantastic closer 'Free The Adequate Seven' to the guitar driven all out funk-core of 'Everybody Hates' and 'No Space', and to mixes of mellow funk parts and punk in the forms of 'Gotta Stay Focused' and 'The State We're In'. Hell, even the instrumentals keep me entertained, and I'm not a fan of instrumentals, but the intro to 'Songs Of Innocence...' and to the start-stop basslines and jazzy horns of of 'Meltdown' make me not to want to reach for the skip button.
The lyrics are very well written, they're not written to thought provoke, ala Thursday, but they're excellent and getting one thing accross: The Message. They do the job, no problems whatsoever. The vocals sound perfectly suited, and sometimes backup vocals and group-shouts are used to emphasise certain points. There's very little singing here. If you're expecting something emo or something from a whiney pop-punk record, you're gonna be dissapointed.
This album is sure to do these things: Make you nod your head, make you want to get out of that chair or off of that bed and jump around, and make you stand up and listen.
HHN have got a real diamond in their hands here, and hopefully Adequate Seven will rise to greatness someday, following in the wake of bands like Capdown who are getting more successful all the time. Adequate Seven are sure to gain many, many fans from this release and rightly so. I await their next release with huge anticipation, but not yet. I still listen to this record all the time and I expect I will do until the next one is out.
Is this the shape of funk to come? Yes.