by G. Love


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After losing steam toward the end of his major-label run, G. Love seems to have gotten his groove back at his new home on Jack Johnson's Brushfire label. Lemonade picks up where The Hustle left off, offering up G. Love's eclectic mix of bluesy grooves, rap, and even some psychedelic touches. He's been doing it for years with his Special Sauce pals, but like The Hustle, a good number of added players really help broaden the sound of the album. This time out, Hammond organs, piano, and Wurlitzer all add depth to the sound, while the guest shots add some variety without sounding like a marketing ploy. "Ride" starts things out with a great groove. "Ain't That Right" is more rap-oriented, but the psychedelic production flourishes take it to another place. "Hot Cookin" is on the mellow side, with great Hammond organ and a big fat acoustic bass tone. David Hidalgo adds some nice viola to "Missing My Baby"'s easy groove, while "Holla!" adds some funky Clavinet and cops the chorus from "Jack & Diane." Blackalicious and Jasper's shots put G. Love's rapping skills into perspective, and the duets with Tristan Prettyman and Jack Johnson are both album highlights. The album winds down nicely with the mellow "Breakin' Up" and G. Love going solo acoustic on "Still Hangin' Around." After more than a decade in the biz, G. Love seems comfortable at his new indie home and Lemonade finds him playing to his strengths. Still hangin' around, indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2006
Label: Brushfire Records
UPC: 0602517022607
catalogNumber: 000720112

Album Credits

Performance Credits

G. Love   Primary Artist
Chuck Treece   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Ben Harper   Vocals,Hand Clapping,Hawaiian Guitar,Wurlitzer
David Hidalgo   Viola
J.P. Plunier   Hand Clapping
Anton Pukshansky   Piano,Hammond Organ
Jason Yates   Wurlitzer
Jeffrey Clemens   Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jimmy Prescott   Hand Clapping,String Bass
Mike Brenner   Lap Steel Guitar
Donavon Frankenreiter   Guitar,Soloist
Chris DiBeneditto   Hand Clapping
Pete Donnelly   Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Mark Boyce   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Hervé "RV" Salters   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Jack Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Gift of Gab   Vocals
Marc Broussard   Vocals
Steve Molitz   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Tristan Prettyman   Guitar,Vocals
Kyle McDonald   Electric Guitar
Carlos Balza   Percussion,Conga
Desiree Casimiro   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Ben Harper   Composer
Jasper Thomas   Composer
Jeff Motch   Cover Photo
Chief Xcel   Producer,drum programming
Chris DiBeneditto   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Pete Donnelly   Producer
Tim Parker   Composer
Jack Johnson   Composer
Merlo Podlewski   Composer
Xavier Mosley   Composer
Tristan Prettyman   Composer
Garrett Dutton   Composer

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