Philadelphonic

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
G. Love is a postmodern mystery. A cross between a want-to-be-black bohemian and a kitschy velvet Elvis, his white-boy's take on rural blues tradition and '80s hip-hop diction has certainly turned off more than a few purists. Yet, at the heart of the former Garrett Dutton's gimmickry is a genuine passion for taking black music to a white audience any way he knows how. On his fourth disc PHILADELPHONIC, G. drops "Rock & Roll Shouts Out Back to the Rappers," which name checks Biz Markie, KRS-One, and Run-D.M.C. en route to establishing street-cred. Conversely, "Dreamin'" is a post-Chili Pepper idyll, casting G. as the ultimate California beach busker philosophizing his ...
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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
G. Love is a postmodern mystery. A cross between a want-to-be-black bohemian and a kitschy velvet Elvis, his white-boy's take on rural blues tradition and '80s hip-hop diction has certainly turned off more than a few purists. Yet, at the heart of the former Garrett Dutton's gimmickry is a genuine passion for taking black music to a white audience any way he knows how. On his fourth disc PHILADELPHONIC, G. drops "Rock & Roll Shouts Out Back to the Rappers," which name checks Biz Markie, KRS-One, and Run-D.M.C. en route to establishing street-cred. Conversely, "Dreamin'" is a post-Chili Pepper idyll, casting G. as the ultimate California beach busker philosophizing his way through a stogy-size joint and a phat beat. Sure, he's a cornball, but thanks to drummer Jeffrey Clemens's laid-back hip-hop shimmy, G.'s pretty, chicken-scratch guitars, some nice classic soul samples, and smooove production, the pure sonics help elevate the shtick to another level.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title of G. Love & Special Sauce's fourth album illustrates their desire to play up their Philadelphia roots, emphasizing classic Philly soul along with their blues-rap melange. Philadelphonic isn't entirely unsuccessful on that front, either. The group's laid-back, groove-oriented sound benefits from the sophisticated, sultry sound of Philly soul, as the single "Rodeo Clowns" illustrates. The problem is, G. Love & Special Sauce still winds up sacrificing songs for groove and feel. That wouldn't be so bad if Philadelphonic was simply a series of jams, but they continue to write material that feels like songs but never gels. They turn out to be vehicles for jams and half-hearted, muttered raps, neither of which provide hooks or memorable turns of phrase. That doesn't mean Philadelphonic doesn't sound good, since the group does have a way with a groove -- it just never really rises above the level of a groove-jam album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5099749331020
  • Catalog Number: 909856
  • Sales rank: 231,760

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Turning Back - G. Love (3:03)
  2. 2 Dreamin' - G. Love (3:54)
  3. 3 Roaches (1:10)
  4. 4 Rodeo Clowns - G. Love (2:57)
  5. 5 Numbers (4:24)
  6. 6 Relax (4:15)
  7. 7 Do It for Free (5:02)
  8. 8 Honor and Harmony (3:36)
  9. 9 Kick Drum (2:23)
  10. 10 Friday Night (4:09)
  11. 11 Rock and Roll (3:08)
  12. 12 Love (3:39)
  13. 13 Around the World (1:27)
  14. 14 Gimme Some Lovin' (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
G. Love & Special Sauce Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Anton Pukshansky Organ, Guitar, Clavinet
Special Sauce Track Performer
Tyler Electric Guitar
Mike Tyler Electric Guitar
Jeffrey Clemens Drums
G. Love Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jimmy Prescott String Bass
Aaron Love Guitar, Vocals
BroDeeva Background Vocals
Jack Johnson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
David Geller Percussion
DJ Roman scratching
Technical Credits
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Merrick Engineer
Anton Pukshansky Engineer
T-Ray Producer, beats
Fran Flannery Engineer
Errin Familia Engineer
Chris DiBeneditto Producer, Engineer
Nika Art Direction
Keith Sarkisian Book Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    don' miss this one

    great album. the first time i heard it i was chilling in my buddy's car...G. set the mood for the whole scene. one thing about ''dreamin''...this is a tribute to bradley nowell of sublime (he says so in the beginning). definitely cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phatty McCrazy

    This band is one of the greatest dark horses of all time, and this album is by far their greatest to date. Philadaphonic is so chill, ill and cool that everyone who hears it just starts to feel the soul and jam along. Sit back, relax and feel the rymes of the summertime of G. Love.

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