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G. Love And Special Sauce

G. Love & Special Sauce

1994

G. Love And Special Sauce
Album Summary

G. Love and Special Sauce is the debut album by G. Love & Special Sauce released on May 10, 1994, via Epic Records. The album was certified Gold after selling 500,000 copies. It contains the song "Cold Beverage", which became a college-radio staple. G. Love & Special Sauce is an American rock band from Philadelphia. They are known for their unique, "sloppy", and "laid back" sound that encompasses blues, hip hop, rock and soul. The band features Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, Jeffrey Clemens on drums, and Jim Prescott on bass.

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2.8

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9951

Genres

  • Blues
  • Hip Hop
  • Rock

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Mon Aug 07 2023
2

The special sauce is just ketchup and mayo mixed together.

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Mon Jul 17 2023
2

Not very good 90s music. A must-listen to understand how mediocre some music can be.

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Sun Jul 09 2023
3

I had never heard of this before, but my hopes were not high for this eponymously titled 90s white boy hip hop album by G. Love and Special Sauce. However, I should not judge an album by it's cover, nor its awful artist name, nor its generally questionable genre. This is reminiscent of music by Dirty Projectors with vocals by the Hiphopopotamus vs. the Rhymenoceros, and is really quite good (at least for the first 40 minutes or so). Cool, jazz infused, music with a great double bass sounding baselines, and easy enough vocals. At an hour long it could have done with losing the final third, which started to be a bit of a slog, but overall, I'm pleasantly surprised. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Blues Music Date listened: 08/07/23

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Mon Oct 02 2023
2

I feel like if you were heavy into this guy, you might also be curious about bath salts?

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Fri Apr 05 2024
1

this is like if "guy who brings guitar to a party" was an entire band

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Wed Jul 12 2023
2

We’re on over 175 albums, and I keep going back to the title of this project. 1001 albums to listen to… before I die? THIS is an album I need to listen to? Before I die???? Didn’t like. I think there are better bands that do some of this. Give me any early Dispatch song, any record on any album, over this. This just feels like what is playing in a random coffee shop in Cambridge 20 years ago. I could tolerate it in that environment, but that’s as far as your gonna get me onboard. I found it monotonous and kind of tiresome. It does feel very adjacent to things I like, as a Vermonter. But that doesn’t make me like it. 2/5

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Wed Sep 27 2023
2

I can enjoy 1-2 songs, listen to 4-5 of them, but by 6 I'm ready to drive off an overpass.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
4

Ah here's a band that I've heard so many references to, but have never actually heard a song from. Based on festival attendance, they run in a similar circle to the jam / indie bands that I like. The Things That I Used To Do opens up with a Cage the Elephant style spoke word snarl (understanding that these guys are predecessors). Super crunchy texture that I like out of the gate. Satisfying drum line with an equally comfortable bassline. Not something that would be single territory, but a low-key jam fit for a college house party. Blues Music takes over with a similar spoken word style through a reducer on top of a lazy drum and bass line. Creates a very chilled out atmosphere. Good music for munching Doritos. Garbage Man brings a little more attitude to the mix. This is about as head-bobbing as this album has gotten so far. I'm once again stricken by how similar this feels to Cage The Elephant. Digging the atmosphere. This would probably make for an awesome show song. Eyes Have Miles is a noodly number that stays in the same atmosphere. Instrumental is reminiscent of some less bright jazz / surf rock (mei ehara, robohands). Baby's Got Sauce flips into some bright guitar strokes and the most didactic vocals of the album so far. This is music tailor made for a middle of the day backyard summer kegger. I'm a little surprised this is the most popular song according to Spotify. Its a fine tune, but I actually prefer their more laid back songs so far. The chorus is kind of rough IMO. Rhyme for the Summertime is more effective IMO. It taps into the snare-tap drum beat paired with a surfy guitar tone that while brighter than most songs is still disappointed (minor) sounding. Feels similar to Mac Demarco a la This Old Dog. Cold Beverage is another head bobbing jam. Guaranteed crowd favorite that I'm sure helps to boost bar tabs. Simple concept, but honestly it works on the rawness of it all. Fatman follows this on with a fun little jam that lets things open up with a harmonica riff. Ends with some loose guitar noodling that segues into more reserved This Ain't Living. This Ain't Living feels like a more typical rock structure out of the gate; very effectively done. Walk To Slide is another standout in my mind. Love the lugubrious bassline that keeps things flowing / sliding all the way through. The echo on top of the sparkly guitar is a nice effect as well. This and Garbage Man are my favorites so far. Some Peoples Like That and Town To Town are both way down tempo crawls. Heavy blues influences shining through both. I enjoy both songs for what they are. Album finishes out with a traditional stripped down blues song with sparse acoustic guitar and hand clap making up the composition. This is a really pretty song and so far from where the rest of the album has been. I really enjoyed this album and see the appeal of G. Love. This is a rough and crunchy album that shows a decent amount of range, from the spoken word, almost rap like deliveries to traditional blues. Many of the songs sound like they are made for backyard barbeques or smoking a joint and watching cars drive by. I will absolutely come back for another listen. 4 leaning towards 5 / 5.

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Wed Jul 12 2023
4

Never heard of this guy, but, despite a couple of duff tracks, I really like his scrappy, laid-back sound. Beck without the weirdness, or Fun Lovin' Criminals without the cringe, or Beastie Boys without the boyish aggression.

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Tue Aug 15 2023
2

Got a bit too samey too quickly for me.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

G. LOVE!!!!!!!!!! I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the app and saw this album. Every party I went to from the mid 90s to the early aughts, this album was played at some point. Doesn’t matter where, Center City, University City, South Philly, the Great Northeast, and the burbs. I can’t believe this album is on this list. I’m breaking my 5 star rule. It’s supposed to be 5 stars go to the greatest albums of all time. I don’t know how many I will hand out but I gotta imagine it’ll be less than 10% Maybe around 5%, I dunno. This is not one of the greatest albums of all times. But it’s one of the most fun. It takes me back to a great time in my life. It’s getting 5 stars. I love me some G Love and Special Sauce. I can’t believe this is is on here.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
4

The bluesy pseudo hip hop from the early-mid 90s really works for me. This is like a stripped down Beck from his Mellow Gold era. Best track: Cold Beverage

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Mon Oct 02 2023
4

This album sounds like Rage Against the Machine if the rage was less about anger and more about just getting drunk and playing music with your buddies.

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Fri Jul 07 2023
3

Not the biggest of fans but mostly enjoyed this.

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Thu Jul 06 2023
2

There was a time in my life that I may have liked this more, but its not now

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Sat Aug 19 2023
5

I'm surprised they didn't get more popular, because this is the White Stripes before the White Stripes.

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Mon Oct 02 2023
5

already heard it so many times

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

Absolutely LOVED this - been listening to it now for days...

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

I actually love this album. I'm not sure it really counts as "hip hop" but it also doesn't fall cleanly into any genre - which is what makes it cool. It's simple, it's fun, it's well-executed. What's not to love?

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Sat Jan 20 2024
5

Oh hell yeah dog this is what I'm talking about. A great example of a band that make being tight as fuck seem laid back and effortless. His voice is something else too. The whole thing exudes cool. I'm always trying to figure out what my definition of cool is, and this fits what ever that definition is. It feels like they hit something very special that so many 90s bands either totally overshot or way undercooked. Other bands who hit the same mark: Sublime, President of the United States of America, Beastie Boys... I sense a playlist coming on.

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Tue Jan 23 2024
5

9/10 crazy good, like beastie boys meets bob dylan

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

5/5 Ska-ey and hip hop-ey, love it

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Tue Feb 20 2024
5

One of my favorite albums and artists of all time. Such a phenomenally talented musician.

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Thu Mar 14 2024
5

Very much and album of its time. The Slacker blues-jazz meets hip hop sloppy sound seems to have hit an epoch in '94 with similar sounding Beck and Bran Van 3000 popping up independently at the same time. I forgot how much I loved this post grunge break from seriousness

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Fri Mar 15 2024
5

Loved this album, never heard of them before

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

Surprisingly enjoyable. His voice wasn't the best, but the music was great.

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Wed May 08 2024
5

G. Love! One of the coolest sounds ever made.

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Fri May 10 2024
5

I’d give this a 5+. Awesome album. Loved the rhythm and the bass all the way through.

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Fri Jul 28 2023
4

Niiiice! Didn't get introduced to this album till about 1997 or 98 but listened to this a lot in college. I've seen G Love in concert a couple times. He's still great

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Mon Aug 07 2023
4

This takes me back. "Baby's Got Sauce," "Cold Beverages," "Rhyme for the Summertime"... So much to love here.

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Mon Aug 14 2023
4

This was an interesting one. It's astonishing by how much rap music can be improved if you take out the cringey, forced toughness/gangsterism/toxicity. Still not sure if it can actually be called rap, but since I usually don't like rap, pushing the genre boundaries seems like a good thing to me. Rounded up from 3.5

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Tue Aug 22 2023
4

Blues y hip-hop, una mezcla curiosa. Venga, un 4 por lo original.

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Fri Aug 25 2023
4

Funky. Raw vocals. Favorite tracks: Baby's Got Sauce

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Wed Sep 13 2023
4

Blues y hip-hop, una mezcla curiosa. Venga, un 4 por lo original.

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Wed Sep 20 2023
4

This is my first encounter with this type of music, and to my surprise, it's not bad.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
4

great album, unique with some funk, rock, r&b

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Tue Sep 26 2023
4

Huh. This band slipped under the radar - it’s the right era, and right genre but I had never come across them. Growing up I’d have loved them - a bit of Beastie Boys, Sublime and a mellow JSBX - and the accent somehow is both grating and refreshing. Now I’ve kind of moved on from this blues / funk thing but still an interesting find for me.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
4

I enjoyed this, Tessa and I used to listen to a lot of G love. In the early 2ks.

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Fri Sep 29 2023
4

my levels of confusion here are through the roof. he's fucking insufferable with his whiteboy funk/rap shtick. But... for some reason i really enjoyed it. The rhythm section is really strong and give him his dues, he's pretty good on guitar and it all works together with his street lazy singing thing. i also love the really tight band that sounds sloppy thing. every problem i have with this band is his accent/ way of singing. Is this just what Philadelphia is like? everything i've heard of the place is that it's full of not rights.

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Wed Oct 04 2023
4

I really enjoyed this a lot. Not sure if I’d listen to the whole album again but it was super cool

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Fri Oct 06 2023
4

Oh wow, why have I never heard of this before? First song it’s on for an easy 5 stars. Laid back jazzy white boy hiphop. But it got old real quick, very little variation throughout the album drags it down to a 4. Super interesting to hear that this predated Beck and Fun Loving Criminals by a good few years through

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Thu Oct 12 2023
4

I was really into this. Maybe it's not for everybody, but it has its own style which I enjoyed. Certainly has 90s sounds, but I don't mind that here.

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Sun Oct 15 2023
4

I had a roommate in '94 who brought this home. We liked Beck's Mellow Gold so this fit right into the soundtrack. Good memories listening to this album.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
4

was expecting something like Vanilla Ice, but not that definitely a nice surprise

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Thu Oct 26 2023
4

perfect barbequeing music I love it 4.5 tbh

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Fri Oct 27 2023
4

This thing fucking slaps. MAYBE IT'S THE SPECIAL SAUCE. It's gotta be the special sauce. I'm not so sure that I'd call what this dude does "rapping". He reminds me of a local band I saw in Nebraska of all places where they did Whole Lotta Love mixed with a lot of vocals similar to what G. Love is doing here. If he took off his shirt and wore a sock on his dick, he would have been bigger than Anthony Keidis.

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Wed Nov 01 2023
4

There are many blues appendices in Anglo music, skirting genres longer-lived in this universe. G. Love and Special Sauce becomes ever so slightly caricatured near the end, but the bass puts on a strong anchoring performance, liveness to balance the hip-hop swirling. Slack, stoned, on the nose: The shtick works at least once.

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Fri Nov 03 2023
4

Funky Rock, macht sehr viel Spaß

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Sun Nov 05 2023
4

took me back to being in college

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Fri Nov 17 2023
4

I hadn’t heard of this band. They sound like a really tight local band that holds the Saturday night residency at the coolest bar in town.

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Thu Nov 30 2023
4

It sounds like a super fun bar band, one you're not expecting when you go out, but aren't upset about listening to while you're enjoying your time. It runs a bit long, but I enjoyed the loose, sounds-very-unpracticed-but-is-really-probably-super-practiced style. It runs a little long, but call it a 3.5, bumping up because Philly, baby. Favorite tracks: "She's Got Sauce", "Cold Beverage"

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Fri Dec 01 2023
4

I had never heard this before, but I enjoyed. I’d say 3.5 stars

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

Lots of great jams but a bit long in my opinion.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

really of the time.... gets a bit old

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Fri Dec 08 2023
4

At this stage of the 1001 if we get more hip hop it better be alt. This one is and is enjoyable even as background music which is how I listened to it

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Wed Dec 20 2023
4

Brings back some fantastic memories. A place I used to work played this all if the time - especially 'Baby's got sauce'. Beautiful oddities the sounds created on this. Inventive and quirky. Well worth a listen.

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Fri Dec 22 2023
4

I got to see G Love once. When this album broke so it has a lot of sentimental value to me. Great record

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Sat Jan 06 2024
4

Just plain basic funk. Who doesn't love this?

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Thu Jan 18 2024
4

This album was played by my friends so much in the 90's I never needed to own it. At the time of release it was nice blend of genres and with some unique production, perhaps it sounds dated now. Blues Music sits on a few of my playlists but it's an album I don't every listen too. 3.5 for me but given he was raised in Philly that's enough to bump it to a 4.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
4

A catchy fun album that grows on you! I’m glad it was on the list!

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Mon Jan 22 2024
4

90s sloppy Philly hip-hop, what's not to love?

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Fri Jan 26 2024
4

Mycket bättre än det borde vara

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Sun Jan 28 2024
4

pretty solid makes good use of dynamics, mixing and mastering are pretty solid. I enjoyed the mixture of the rap vocals over blusier elements. overall pretty good would recommend to fans of incubus

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Sun Feb 04 2024
4

This is so unique and only possible in the 90’s

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Mon Feb 19 2024
4

Heavy dose of nostalgia with this one. Great fun

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Fri Feb 23 2024
4

Take either the voice or melody away and you have crap. Perfect combination.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
4

Need a nice Cold Beverage for when I listen to this one while I’m driving from Town to Town.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
4

Liked this a lot. Chill out jammy rock sounds, hip hop style lyrics. Very understated.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
4

The music itself is good. Good bluesy sound mixed with a blend of blues and hip-hoppy vocals. A lot of the songs sounded the same, however, which made it feel repetitive at some points. Overall good album, though.

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Thu Apr 11 2024
4

I never heard of these guys but I actually really liked the album. Drummer was great and unique guitar almost like a mix between black keys, cake, and cage the elephant plus toned down rap/talking vocals.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
4

Great unplugged-indie sound. Did not know the band and it is definitely a great discovery and addition to my playlist.

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Thu Apr 25 2024
4

Reminded me of a british sublime

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Wed May 08 2024
4

Pretty incredible stuff. I'm uncertain how this passed me by in the 90's; I must have been too wrapped up in the Seattle sound. Very reminiscent of Beck, but in a less organized, more "dirty" way.

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Thu May 16 2024
4

Very funky, down and dirty in Philly. Not an artist I had heard of before, but one I certainly enjoyed. A clear influence, in my mind at least, on Fun Lovin Criminals and Cage the Elephant, and a few others who fused rock, funk and rap-sung vocals. A cracker

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Mon May 20 2024
4

Garbage Man // Eyes Have Miles //

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Tue Jul 11 2023
3

Disco raro, muy de guitarra acústica y voz rota. Safa.

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Wed Jul 12 2023
3

Enjoyed what they were getting at, but there were a lot of duds. High 3

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Fri Jul 21 2023
3

Ik houd hier wel van. Net geen vier sterren omdat ik het iets teveel van hetzelfde vond.

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Fri Jul 21 2023
3

dit kon ik boven verwachting goed hebben! 2x gedraaid zelfs. Mooi open geluid.

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Fri Jul 21 2023
3

Best lekker die swampy funk, maar iets teveel van hetzelfde.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
3

I'll probably be seeing these dudes in OC later this year. I have no clue what I expected from this. Kinda thought it would be more Jack Johnson-ey? Realized I only said this because he covers a song by them. Digging the first 2 songs though. Blues Musak is solid. Pretty interesting rekkid. Definitely a different type of hip hop and honestly pretty surprised this came out in 94. I think I'll see them. I can see it being Citizen Cope-like.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
3

Started out fairly solid, and never really deviated from solid. Some cool hip-hop sounds to begin and moved a bit more towards blues. Good listen, nothing spectacular to me though.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
3

i liked it! v chill although maybe a bit same-y. unsure if this is really an album u need to listen to before u die though?

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