Galactic's organic instrumentals maintain a stronghold among effects, loops, and other modern electronic techniques. In the studio and on stage, Galactic displays a remarkable ability to present modern material with retrospective styling. NY Times critic Jon Pareles noted that the group's songs are "carried by rhythms that distill memories of Mardi Gras parades, traditional jazz, and rhythm and blues...adding up to some of the most danceable music on earth."
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This one is different from their earlier albums; instead of mostly instrumental funk jams with occasional vocal tunes from their regular singer, this album has a sampling of diverse artists, emphasis on alternative hip hop, with only an occasional interlude where the group is playing instrumentally by themselves. Who cares if it's different? It's a great way to make an album. This is the style they ultimately perfected with Carnivale Electricos.
Each of the collaborators brings something different, but the title track and the Mardis Gras Indian track are highlights. Also, anything with Trombone Shorty on it, you should buy. The others didn't stand out by and large. The CD has a nice looking and thin slipcase, a bonus in my eyes. Recommended.
Needs a vinyl press. My third favorite of theirs after live at tipitinas and ya ka may
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