Thursday, September 21, 2006

G. Love - Lemonade

Brushfire Records

G. Love did amaze us by mixing hip-hop, blues and a bit of folk in a way that actually worked. Unfortunately, his newest solo effort has one wishing he’d stick with the Special Sauce instead of sluttin’ around with famous friends like Jack Johnson and Ben Harper. There are a few great tracks here, like “Can’t Go Back to Jersey,” with that old G. Love charm, and the straight hip-hop “Banger,” with guests Blackalicious and Lateef the Truth Speaker, comes through. But at least half of the album sounds like a musically proficient but creatively stagnant blues band showing off some heartless chops. Even G’s lyrics, normally a guaranteed treat, seem this time around like clich├ęs. Ever seen an aging blues act bring a bad rapper onstage in an attempt to keep up with the times?

As printed in The News and Review.


anjacara said...

Would you believe me If I told you that JUST last night I downloaded
Baby's Got Sauce. I was sitting around thinking of various CD's that I had lost to time and space, and I thought I want some sauce! I was jamming to it all day.
My three yr old is now singing the praises of cold beverages.

Keith Lowell Jensen said...

Righ on. I love that old G. Love with Special Sauce. Good stuff. That three year old will grow up to save the world, mark my words (but use pencil in case you need to erase.)