Uncle Dysfunktional [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Man, Uncle Dysfunktional has a really ugly, garish cover -- but such a revolting image is the only appropriate art for a comeback album by Happy Mondays, for there has been no band that epitomized ugly and garish like the X-addled thugs from Manchester. Even when they got colorful, which was a lot, it was with nasty clashes of color. They didn't match and they didn't care, and that same sense of malevolent, cheerful sloth infects this, the first Happy Mondays record since 1992's Yes, Please and Shaun Ryder's first since the largely ignored 2003 project Amateur Night in the Big Top. This is called the Mondays, but most of the band hasn't shown up: only Ryder and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Man, Uncle Dysfunktional has a really ugly, garish cover -- but such a revolting image is the only appropriate art for a comeback album by Happy Mondays, for there has been no band that epitomized ugly and garish like the X-addled thugs from Manchester. Even when they got colorful, which was a lot, it was with nasty clashes of color. They didn't match and they didn't care, and that same sense of malevolent, cheerful sloth infects this, the first Happy Mondays record since 1992's Yes, Please and Shaun Ryder's first since the largely ignored 2003 project Amateur Night in the Big Top. This is called the Mondays, but most of the band hasn't shown up: only Ryder and his faithful sidekick Bez, plus drummer Gary Whelan, whose presence may be the only reason outside of marketing that this isn't called a Black Grape record. Then again, the Black Grape albums -- particularly the excellent 1995 debut It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah -- felt more like Mondays albums than Yes, Please, for Ryder was the sound and spirit of the group, no matter who was backing him as a band or pulling levers on the board. Given all that, why not reclaim the name? What else is Ryder going to do anyway? He seems to admit that directionless as much on Uncle Dysfunktional, as this isn't a bracing return to form as much as it is an acknowledgement that this kind of lecherous electro-funk is what he does best, so why not do it anyway? That might not make for a kinetic album, but there's a casualness to Uncle Dysfunktional that's appealing, as the tapestries of loops, samples, and synths have a filthy, lecherous quality that's kind of seductive, even if it's not quite irresistible. What is nice is that the Mondays pretty much steadfastly refuse to change -- there are a couple of flourishes that identify this as a 2007 release, such as the blipping electronic bhangra of "Anti Warhole on the Dancefloor," but they're not forceful and they're swallowed out by beats that could have been heard ten or 15 years ago. Again, this doesn't seem like laziness as much as a shrug of "this is what they do," and there's something endearing about that. If only Ryder could have been arsed enough to really write some lyrics -- or even some lines -- that linger in the imagination, Uncle Dysfunktional would have had some longer staying power, but as it stands it's a not-bad-at-all comeback that's at least better than Stupid, Stupid, Stupid and it offers one stone-cold Ryder classic in the gleefully vulgar "Cuntrydisco," a hazy blend of Hawaiian steel, "Bob George" samples, silly voices, and nonsense that's as good as anything he's ever done -- even if it does suggest that he could have done an album as good as this if he only bothered.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • EAN: 5016073901224
  • Catalog Number: 7390122
  • Sales rank: 244,905

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jellybean (5:51)
  2. 2 Angels and Whores (3:30)
  3. 3 Deviantz - Mickey Avalon (4:00)
  4. 4 Rats With Wings (4:26)
  5. 5 Cuntry Disco (3:47)
  6. 6 In the Blood (3:57)
  7. 7 Anti Warhole (On the Dancefloor) (4:08)
  8. 8 Rush Rush (4:20)
  9. 9 Dysfunktional Uncle (4:00)
  10. 10 Dr. Dick (4:09)
  11. 11 Somebody Elses Weather (4:44)
  12. 12 [Untitled] (3:20)
  13. 13 [Untitled] (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Happy Mondays Primary Artist
Ry Cooder Help
Robert Francis Help
Mark Berry Group Member
Joachim Cooder Help
Howie B Help
Stewart Levine Help
Dave Parkinson Help
Shaun Ryder Group Member
Gary Whelan Group Member
Amir Yaghmai Help
Paul Newsome Help
Dan Broad Group Member
Norman McLeod Help
Juliette Commagere Help
Soularis Group Member
Naim Cortazzi Help
Julie Gordon Group Member
Mickey Avalon Guest Appearance, Help
Keith Ashworth Help
Wayne Edwards Help
Johnny Evans Help
Selema Masakela Help
Asa Soltan Rahmati Help
Eamon Ryland Help
Kavin Sandhu Group Member
Mikey Shine Group Member
Technical Credits
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Dave Parkinson Engineer
Sunny D. Levine Producer, Engineer
Steve Fenton Engineer
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