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Brian Wilson once said that his more outré Beach Boys compositions were "teenage symphonies to God." Well, Marc Anthony Thompson is no teenager, but the man who calls himself Chocolate Genius seems just as intent at reaching the Man Upstairs with his dizzyingly lush portraits of the artist as a perpetual seeker. The Genius never met a juxtaposition too odd to put into effect, as evidenced by this avant-leaning combination of word jazz, conscious hip-hop, and fiercely iconoclastic acoustic rock that suggests a mating of Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits. Sometimes he's acerbic, as on the righteously ticked-off "Bossman Piss in my Lemonade," and sometimes he's downright ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Brian Wilson once said that his more outré Beach Boys compositions were "teenage symphonies to God." Well, Marc Anthony Thompson is no teenager, but the man who calls himself Chocolate Genius seems just as intent at reaching the Man Upstairs with his dizzyingly lush portraits of the artist as a perpetual seeker. The Genius never met a juxtaposition too odd to put into effect, as evidenced by this avant-leaning combination of word jazz, conscious hip-hop, and fiercely iconoclastic acoustic rock that suggests a mating of Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits. Sometimes he's acerbic, as on the righteously ticked-off "Bossman Piss in my Lemonade," and sometimes he's downright vulnerable -- see the murmured "For One More Look at You" -- but he's never likely to stay in one place long enough to allow you to pin him down. Godmusic is noticeably more introspective than its predecessor, 1998's Black Music, but that's not a flaw. The combination of creeping bass lines and spidery piano riffs that envelop pieces like "To Serve You" and "Glorious" are hard to resist. And when the Genius decides it's time to kick out the jams, as on "Infidel Blues," you know you're in for a real sweaty workout!
All Music Guide - Bret Love
Chocolate Genius aka Mark Anthony Thompson may be getting lumped in with nu-soul brethren like Bilal and D'Angelo, but his sound is far more unclassifiable than that of your average R&B crooner. Take "For One More Look at You," the first proper track off his second LP, for instance. With its spacy atmosphere, subtle strings, melodic piano accents, textural percussion, and so-breathy-they're-barely-there vocals, the song sounds more like a long-lost outtake from Talk Talk's Laughingstock than the sizzling sex-you-up innuendo we've come to associate with the genre. And yeah, maybe "Love" crosses the line into sappy sentimentality, but when the man's got world-class musicians like guitarists Marc Ribot and Chris Whitley and bassist Chris Wood kicking out the slow jams behind him, you're willing to grant him a bit more leeway. Besides, Thompson's songwriting more than makes up the difference, veering from the alt-rock anthem of "My Endless Fall" to the psychedelic folk of "Bossman Piss In My Lemonade" to the haunting Peter Gabriel balladry of "To Serve You," like Prince before he contracted a crippling case of musical diarrhea. Though far less inconsistent than his debut, Godmusic still isn't quite the genre-hopping classic you suspect Chocolate Genius may yet have in him, but it's good enough to move him near the top of the neo-soul class.
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Weingarten
"B+"...Call it the Astral Weeks of folk-funk.
Blender - Greg Kot
By album’s end, Chocolate Genius lives up to his billing.

"B+"...Call it the Astral Weeks of folk-funk.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2001
  • Label: V2
  • UPC: 638812708823
  • Catalog Number: 27088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Perfidia (0:55)
  2. 2 For One More Look At You (3:21)
  3. 3 Love (3:21)
  4. 4 My Endless Fall (2:20)
  5. 5 The Eyes of the Lord (3:32)
  6. 6 Bossman Piss (In My Lemonade) (3:49)
  7. 7 To Serve You (4:00)
  8. 8 Planet Rock (3:33)
  9. 9 Infidel Blues (3:29)
  10. 10 Glorious (3:44)
  11. 11 Pocket Mouse (2:59)
  12. 12 Birth Control (2:53)
  13. 13 Godmusic (10:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chocolate Genius Primary Artist
Jamie Muhoberac Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Marc Anthony Thompson Producer
Kevin Salem Producer
Jamie Muhoberac Songwriter
Chris Allison Producer
Abe Laboriel Jr. Producer
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