Lovebox Weekender

Lovebox Weekender

by Groove Armada
     
 

Lovebox is the sound of Groove Armada escaping the realm of mere beats connoisseurs. On their fourth album, Tom Findlay and Andy Cato are reborn as superior funk-pop designers, with a collection of hook-filled songs -- not tracks -- that anyone could imagine as hits. Few studio-dwelling heads offer listeners sing-along opportunities or feel comfortable throwing…  See more details below

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Lovebox is the sound of Groove Armada escaping the realm of mere beats connoisseurs. On their fourth album, Tom Findlay and Andy Cato are reborn as superior funk-pop designers, with a collection of hook-filled songs -- not tracks -- that anyone could imagine as hits. Few studio-dwelling heads offer listeners sing-along opportunities or feel comfortable throwing down instrumental licks, but Lovebox is so stacked with both, it begs to be blasted from the stereo of a speeding convertible. The disc kicks off with the sky-kissed high of the funk-rock opener, "Purple Haze," built not on a Hendrix riff but on the Fender loops of '70s pub-rock heroes Status Quo and featuring Red Rat's dancehall scatting and the pharmacological freestyles of country rhymers Nappy Roots. That song's energy is matched by the stomp of "Madder," on which longtime Armada MC M.A.D. fronts a four-piece that sounds like indie punks playing the Family Stone -- down to a Pixies-like fascination with loud-soft-loud dynamics. Soul-funk divas Sunshine Anderson and Neneh Cherry add a feminine grace: The former soars to the album's only disco-house track, "Easy," while the latter spars with rapper Kriminul on the sweaty workout "Groove Is On" and takes the spotlight on the piano-led ballad "Think Twice..." Adding further eclecticism -- along with a mature conscience -- is folk icon Richie Havens, who brings to life the appropriately titled Stax-Volt hummer "Hands of Time," which finds Findlay and Cato twiddling the old-fashioned grooves and textures into a modern soul opus, closer in flavor to 21st-century Philly than to any super-club they're used to DJ'ing.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Kristina Feliciano
Lovebox rarely disappoints. (A-)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
LOVEBOX
UPC:
5050954165121
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Groove Armada   Primary Artist
Candi Staton   Vocals
Tony Allen   Drums
Angie Stone   Vocals
Red Rat   Vocals

Technical Credits

Candi Staton   Composer
Jorge Ben   Composer
Bryan Ferry   Composer
Debbie Harry   Composer
Chris Rea   Composer
Patrick Adams   Producer
Greg Carmichael   Producer
Brian Deck   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Andy Mackay   Composer
Johnny Marr   Composer
Tommy Paterson   Engineer
Tom Peterson   Engineer
Chris Stein   Composer
Angie Stone   Composer
Andi Toma   Producer
Mike Chapman   Producer
DJ Spinna   Producer
Andy Cato   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Andy Morgan   Executive Producer
Dan Hewson   String Arrangements
Debbie Hayes   Producer
Alexis Taylor   Composer
Joe Goddard   Composer
Sam Beam   Composer
Selan Lerner   Composer,Producer
Rob Wood   Liner Notes
Bruno Bolla   Composer
Felix Martin   Composer
Kim Moyes   Composer,Producer
James Murphy   Composer
Adrian Fillary   Art Direction
Julian Hamilton   Composer,Producer
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib   Arranger,Composer
Pedro D'eyrot   Producer
Rodrigo Gorky   Composer,Producer
Owen Clarke   Composer

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