From what I've read this album is generally considered to be one of Sly's weaker efforts but I just dont agree. It is packed with tuneful, soulful and feelgood funk. The opener, Small Talk, is just a warm up before we get the excellent Say You Will and Mother Beautiful. There are 2 funk romps in Holdin' On and Loose Booty and the classy Time For Livin'. The only let downs are the 2 slow tracks but thats it. Also, the bonus tracks Crossword Puzzle and instrumental Positive are worth having. If you like funk and enjoy listening to the likes of Funkadelic, James Brown, Prince etc you will dig this. Its a well crafted album by a man who had a genuine gift for music and a message to go with it.
I agree with the other review. This deserves to be held in much higher regard than it is. This is the last album with most of the original members and it sounds like the same band that recorded fresh and riot. The added strings are definately a plus and give it a different feel but it works perfectly. It doesnt quite have the same wow factor of previous albums but just because its not breaking new ground doesnt mean its not a great album for what it is. more laid back but still very funky. I think this is the last great Sly LP. Some good bits followed but this is a very consistent, brilliantly played record and you should buy it if you like what came before.
Unfortunately, as is the same with every great run, it has to end somewhere. In truth there is only one track which even compares to standard of the previous album(s) and that is the magnificent 'Can't strain my brain'. This album is the beginning of another run, this time of poor albums, which as stand alone collections of music may not be that bad, but when compared to masterpieces like 'Fresh' and '..Riot' seem very generic.
This is the most sophisticated and intelligent of the sly albums, not the party crasher type of music of dance to the music, which is brilliant too. Don't let it hold you back. This was my favourite of all the sly albums.