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Sunday, January 09, 2005

G. LOVE - THE HUSTLE 

Album: The Hustle
Artist: G. Love
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Philly based tio, G. Love and Special Sauce, have been making records that, more or less, can be described as white-guy blues and funk. In a complete 180 degree spin, G. Love has released his album on Jack Johnson's record label. Jack got his name out when he and Garrett released a version of rodeo clowns on the Philadelphonic album. G. Love and Special Sauce have always been a band that has been embraced by the college crowd and the hippie crowds (tracks that let you dance, bob your head, and have enough of a hip hop vibe to let you throw the album on no matter what your friends are into). Although this album has some songs that mirror his old styles (Booty Call), G. Love takes a step towards more folk oriented songs in a Dylan-esque fashion (Lovin' Me) and a more relaxed surf style (Give it to You - featuring Jack Johnson and my favorite song, Stone Me). The album was produced by Mario C. and his prodcution fits well with the vibe that G. Love, Jack and Donavon Frankenreiter's songs give off. The album features guest appearance by Money Mark, Jason Yates (Innocent Criminals) and Koool G. Murder on keys and deals with more mature themes than on previous releases. G. love seems to have grown as a songwriter. The lyrics seem to focus not on the good times, but how it really it is. The reality of having a family, and getting dumped has helped Garrett produce a funky, yet heartfelt record. Anyone who likes G. Love won't be disappointed,and if you have never heard the unique mix of funk, rock, blues and rap, take a chance on this record.

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