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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On their fourth studio album proper -- Vintage Reserve was a best-of, and We Love 'Em Tonight was a live offering -- Galactic wholeheartedly move not so much away from their past as a bad-ass New Orleans jazz & roll concern, as they move toward another of its traditions: Voodoo funk. There is a twist though. Not merely content to grasp the Mardi Gras Indians or Dr. John esthetics, Galactic points firmly toward the technological present with their primordial groove machine music. Drummer Stanton Moore uses as many loops as he does organic drums, bass, bass, and more bass is the order of the day, and strange keyboard sounds come bubbling under like some lost Lee Perry ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On their fourth studio album proper -- Vintage Reserve was a best-of, and We Love 'Em Tonight was a live offering -- Galactic wholeheartedly move not so much away from their past as a bad-ass New Orleans jazz & roll concern, as they move toward another of its traditions: Voodoo funk. There is a twist though. Not merely content to grasp the Mardi Gras Indians or Dr. John esthetics, Galactic points firmly toward the technological present with their primordial groove machine music. Drummer Stanton Moore uses as many loops as he does organic drums, bass, bass, and more bass is the order of the day, and strange keyboard sounds come bubbling under like some lost Lee Perry session gone digital. Does that make this a techno or an electronica record? C'mon. Ruckus is a spooky ride to the other side of midnight. The party is either gonna break out or break up; it exists on the edge of that fine distinction, that moment in time when anything is possible. And possibility is what Ruckus is all about: simmering organ grooves encounter striated acoustic and electric guitars under a series of syncopated rhythms by Moore on "Bongo Joe." Jagged synth lines by Richard Vogel meet ragged-then-overdriven guitars from Jeffrey Raines on "The Moil," and monstrous tom tom loops collide with basslines and keyboard riffs before Raines comes in on the acoustic bottleneck to smooth out the off-kilter funk on "Kid Kenner." This is music as the deconstruction of a sonic palette, as the deconstruction, death, and rebirth of a band. And, like Medeski, Martin and Wood before them, Galactic is all the better for its brave new world direction. Ruckus is no less a roots album than Coolin' Off was. But perhaps it is more so because in order to use all this gear and create the kind of ass-burning grooves the band comes up with, there is only one place to go to find the source: rhythm itself if you need further evidence check out "The Beast," and let it mess your head and backbone up. Highly recommended.
Entertainment Weekly - Michael Endelman
44 minutes of elegantly constructed instrumentals and muscular, modern soul. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5029575121229
  • Catalog Number: 1071320

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bittersweet (3:29)
  2. 2 Bongo Joe (3:21)
  3. 3 The Moil (3:11)
  4. 4 Paint (3:19)
  5. 5 Never Called You Crazy (3:08)
  6. 6 Gypsy Fade (3:28)
  7. 7 Mercamon (3:12)
  8. 8 Uptown Odyssey (3:13)
  9. 9 Kid Kenner (3:25)
  10. 10 The Beast (2:49)
  11. 11 Tenderness (3:46)
  12. 12 All Behind You Now (3:40)
  13. 13 Doomed (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Galactic Primary Artist
Stanton Moore Drums, Loops, Group Member
Ben Ellman Harmonica, Saxophone, Group Member
Glenn Hartman Accordion
Robert Mercurio Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Richard Vogel Keyboards, Group Member
Theryl DeClouet Vocals, Group Member
Jim Greer Guitar, Keyboards
Teedy Boutte Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Wakeling Composer
Ranking Roger Composer
Mickey Billingham Composer
Scott Harding Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Galactic Composer
Ben Ellman Programming
Brandon Arnovick Composer
Ken Weinstein Publicity
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Galactic to date, a studioalbum must have!!

    I've been into Galactic for 6 years know(since my first year of college) and it's really nice to see how far they have come. Ruckus has the textbook Galactic sound with a new emphasis on songwriting. It's a refreshing album from a genre which seems to be going nowhere. This album hasn't left my player in months.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ruckus is by far the best studio offer Galactic has

    The boys from New Orleans have defined their own funkiness, and Ruckus reiterates their unique sound. Ruckus is comparable to Coolin' Off as far as the groovy beat goes, but the music is much more mature than Coolin' Off. I've only had the CD for two days and I'd say its already one of my favorites. My choice tracks are "Never Called You Crazy" and "Uptown Odyssey" but there is not a weak song on the CD. If you haven't heard Galactic, this is a great way to start. If you have, then you aren't a complete Galactic fan if you haven't heard this gem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Galactic is out of this world

    I wasn't sure what to expect when i received this album but when i pressed play i was blown away. These guys are HOT! I have been a fan of Galactic for a while now and have many of their albums, this one is by far the best. Certainly a must have. With help from Dan The Automator the guys laid down some of the best songs to come from the band yet. I highly recommend this album to everyone. It will get your booty shakin'.

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