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Electric Mile [Import]

G Love & Special Sauce Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Seemingly growing more content with his outsider status with each new release, former Sony great white hype Garrett "G. Love" Dutton appears in no hurry to update his band's back-porch hip-hop-and-blues sound. On his fifth studio album with Special Sauce--bassist Jim Prescott and drummer Jeff Clemens--themes of positivity and spiritual satisfaction remain at the fore, while the laidback grooves sound more effortless than ever, particularly on the '70s-drenched title track and the tender "Sara's Song." There is a breezy nod to Bob Marley on the ska-inflected "Praise Up," and "Night of the Living Dead" features a fractured falsetto vocal, but major diversions are rare on Electric Mile, an album that is virtually interchangeable with the trio's self-titled 1994 debut. And that's no bad thing. --Jaan Uhelszki

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Japanese pressing of the Philly-bred singer/songwriter's fifth studio album includes two bonus tracks, 'Hammer' & 'Lovin'. 15 tracks. 2001.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Electric Mile - 3 Stars/ Ridin' High - 5 Stars July 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
These guys have evolved throughout their careers with different focuses on each of their cds, rendering most of their albums very enjoyable. The Electric Mile, however, just seems unfocused. I can't fault G for trying to move in new directions because it served him well in the past, but the dabbling into ska/reggae territory with Unified and Praise Up comes off as paltry and cliched in comparison to G's other creative, authentic songs. Night of the Living Dead sounds more like the good old sway of the band that I've grown to familiarize and love, but the cd digresses again with Parasite. The music on this track, especially the bass, is pretty tight, but the superfluous execrations ("You're just a f***ing parasite" ad nauseam) water down the message which is good until the chorus. The rest of the songs on the cd are ok, none of them standing out in my mind as noteworthy other than 100 Magic Rings which is a soaring beauty and the bizarre, phsychadelic reprise of Free At Last.
The Electric Mile is packed with an accompanying disc entitled "Ridin' High." It has 10 songs in all, 4 reprises and 6 originals. Tracks 3-6 on this cd are really great. 3 is called Break Away. It's just very mellow and very easy to get into. I like it a lot. 4 is called Sea Shells- it shows off G's rhyming skills exquisitely. 5 and 6 are called House Stirs the Soup and Writing on the Walls, respectively. Both songs sound strikingly similar, using nearly the same guitar lines, possibly just in different keys. That doesn't matter much though because both of these songs are really happy and upbeat, and the unique chords are really bedazzling.
All in all, the purchase of "The Electric Mile" and "Ridin' High" is well worth the money of any G. Love & Special Sauce fans, but for people thinking about buying this as an introduction to the group, try "Yeah, It's That Easy," or the bands first album, "G. Love & Special Sauce" instead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Deff. not what I expected Dec 12 2002
By JC
Format:Audio CD
I thought this album by G. Love and Special Sauce would be the type you could pop in your CD player on a Sunny Day with no worries and just marinate in the afternoon sun with laid back beats. If anything its more like an album you would listen to if you hadn't ever heard of Sublime, Bob Marley, or the sounds of folk. Like many of the reviews i've read from Amazon.com and other sites this album TRYS to fit all the genras in one catagory but unfortunatly comes short (much like an "airball"). This is sad because all of the musical ingrediants are there, except the temperature of the creation was wrong, like they didn't keep it in the oven long enough to gain charecter in their lyrics and sound of instruments in which they used (inmature in a sense). Personally this album sounds like a cheap rip off of all the catagories combined to make a sound of confusion, nothing was directed to make the listener want to listen.
I, like many other music lovers have our favorite albums or songs durring certain emotional states or environments that add to the ambiance of the time. This album (for me) doesn't fit any of the catagories, it's not an album you would put in your CD player while you were driving with your buddies and your top down, nor is it an ablumn you would listen to while staying home on a dark and rainy Sunday. The only time I could really see myself listening to this album is if I had too, like when your girlfriend insist hearing it while driving you to work (in her car) at 7 in the moring with a hangover, making the whole situation worst from the combination. All in all at least listen to it before waisting your time and money on something that in my opinion does not amount to what you deserve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars G Love returns... but not with the best work Aug. 7 2001
By J Cox
Format:Audio CD
While the groovy, bluesy attack offered by "Electric Mile" certainly spends quality time in my CD player, I find that it is simply mediocre when compared to previous works. Once again the sound is completely recognizable as G Love, but gone from this album is the creative lyrical arrangements and jam-feel musical background.
Songs like "Parasite" and "Praise Up" are often repetitive and lyrically "blah". "100 Magic Rings" repeats its name-sharing chorus nearly 50 times throughout the song.
While the album is certainly a long shot from the quality work that has appeared from G Love and Special sauce previously, it is still one that will always have your butt moving. I would give the album only 3 stars, but I just can't bring myself to trashing this album completely. If you can get over the non-creative aspects, you will find that musically the album is mediocre, but coming from a band who is possibly beyond their talent at times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars G. Love's Blue Period? April 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
Though G. Love is probably one of the few artists' whose new albums I would purchase without previewing at all, I have to admit that I was a bit dissapointed by Electric Mile. I agree that GLASS sounds very confident on this album and the musicianship is great as usual. But I'm not sure this self-confidence is necessarily a good thing for the band, since a great feature of the band's previous albums is a diversity of songs as they experimented and attempted new genres/styles - sometimes hitting and sometimes missing. With the possible exception of the first track, this album sounds very similar all the way through. The other thing that struck me about Electric Mile is the somewhat darker feel of the album. G always touches on social issues, etc. on his albums, but he also usually includes a bunch of jammin' tunes that are just plain fun - like Stepping Stones, Take You There, Friday Night, or all the way back to Cold Beverages. With the possible exception of Unified or Free At Last, there's not really any of these songs on Electric Mile. The cover picture is another clue that maybe GLASS is in their Blue Period. I hope it only lasts for one album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer
You need a hammer, a hammer, a hammer, a hammer, to hammer this one down. G. Love & Special Sauce returns stronger than ever. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by Reuben
1.0 out of 5 stars oh man i need a tissue...
because this cd is so lame it brings tears to my eyes. i have every g. love cd and love them all but the guy has lost his way on this one. Read more
Published on March 18 2002 by andy paterson
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm still travelin the Electric Mile
G.Love never fails... from one album to another I'm never disappointed. Electric mile is exactly what I've been waiting for ever since I got Philadelphonic. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2002 by Mark Rendeiro
2.0 out of 5 stars Swing and a miss.... Philadelphonic is much much better
I am a big G Love fan, and I think the band is extremely talented, but the songs on this album simply aren't that great. Many of them are repetitive, and boring. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2001 by "slimersdad"
4.0 out of 5 stars it's an aural pleasure
If you have heard their earlier stuff, you will be able to tell that they've grown and experimented- and it was a success. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I have been a G. Love fan for years and this album is one of, if not THE best album yet. From the opening song, "Unified" he has you hooked with a reggae tempo and then... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars What Happened?!?
I am so disappointed in this CD!! I don't know what all the other reviewers listened to, but I can't disagree more. Read more
Published on July 26 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars this ain't no backstreet boys
i bought this album blindly. i had only heard G Love's 1st album and was happy with the purchase of this one. Read more
Published on July 11 2001 by "funkalicious"
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best...
Let's get one thing clear first... At one point you've got it, and then you don't. Something I've noticed about most of the customer reviews on this page is that most of them were... Read more
Published on June 9 2001 by SEAN FLANSBAUM
5.0 out of 5 stars g love, my main man
all i have to say is go out and get this cd. you will not, i repeat NOT be dissapointed. i enjoy "Night of the living dead" and "parasite"..... Read more
Published on June 1 2001 by "funkypinacolada"
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