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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Nov. 5 2002
By Reuben
Format:Audio CD
You need a hammer, a hammer, a hammer, a hammer, to hammer this one down. G. Love & Special Sauce returns stronger than ever. Good vibes flow from Reggae, Hip-Hop, Blues, Ska, and Jazz coming together to make this a very powerful sound. G. Love hammers everybody down with his music. "Praise Up".
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1.0 out of 5 stars oh man i need a tissue... March 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
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. none of the musicianship that was so loud and clear in previous releases can be heard here. and the lyrics... the music is forced and hollow. take my word and pass on this one and hope that g. and sauce get it back together next time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm still travelin the Electric Mile Feb. 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
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. IF you want to know why -- then you must... I repeat MUST start Travelin' the electric mile. PRAISE UP... this album is awesome.
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Format:Audio CD
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.
If you want to buy your first G Love cd, buy Philadelphonic. Philadelphonic is outstanding with the exception of 2-3 tracks. Before you know it you will be tapping your feet, singing along, and craving more.... that is why electric mile is a let down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it's an aural pleasure Nov. 16 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you have heard their earlier stuff, you will be able to tell that they've grown and experimented- and it was a success.
A friend and I were discussing how much we liked their new album. Turns out she was talking about Philadelphonic while I was raving about the more recent Electric Mile. Now I own them both. I think G is really coming into his own on this cd.
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