Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Album review: Larry g(EE)’s Weekends
Four songs just isn't enough.
Weekends, the 4-track EP from Dallas funk band Larry g(EE) delivers a finger-licking portion of enlivened soul music. Front man Larry g(EE) and crew spare no shortcuts with their multi-instrument approach in their colorful funk style, making every intro and conclusion just as jolting as the strongest chorus. The 10+ member group brings together the bass, multiple forms of percussion, and an always-pleasing horn section that adds sparkle to each song.
“Yo Mama,” the debut single from the EP, dives into the record with a lively beat and contagious tempo, conjuring up Fitz & the Tantrums. Larry brings the heat with confident pipes that are drenched with the necessary swag that this style of music demands. Although the lyrics falter at times, the album stays close to the message they’re trying to tell of attitude-driven love songs.
As easy as it is to get pulled into Larry g(EE)’s world of spicy lines and eccentric melodies, it’s even easier to imagine enjoying their live rendition. “Game” instills this desire by bringing to mind a line of tambourine pounding, hip swaying background singers keeping the spirit alive.
Larry g(EE) — “Yo Mama”
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