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Philadelphonic [Enhanced]

G. Love and Special Sauce Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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1. No Turning Back
2. Dreamin'
3. Roaches
4. Rodeo Clowns
5. Numbers
6. Relax
7. Do It For Free
8. Honor And Harmony
9. Kick Drum
10. Friday Night (Hundred Dollar Bill)
11. Rock And Roll (Shouts Out Back To The Rappers)
12. Love
13. Around The World (Thank You)
14. Gimme Some Lovin'/Amazing

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It's not terribly surprising that G. Love and Special Sauce were tapped to fill in for Sugar Ray when the band dropped out of Woodstock '99. It's not simply because of the smooth, muscle-shirted frontmen, but also because the same kind of easy soul, funk, and rap influences wash over their stronger cuts. The calypsolike "Rodeo Clowns" on Philadelphonic feeds on that radio-friendly vibe, all sunshine and broken hearts. Unfortunately, that cut is one of the few high points this time out. While it's nice to see G. Love step away from emulating Will Smith, which sank Yeah, It's That Easy, the answer to stronger material is not to try and channel Jamiroquai through Love's nasal Philly-soaked stoner raps ("Dreamin'"). But even more than that, this boy needs to get away from spacey soul jams, and fast--"Relax" sounds like G. fell asleep with a mouthful of syrup and woke up in love. --Jason Josephes

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G.Love And Special Sauce ~ Philadelphonic

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2.0 out of 5 stars ok Feb. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
OK I will admit I haven't heard a band quite like this in a while. They sound good but the lead singers lyrics are not that good. His voice is nice though, but their kind of music would never get played on tv or radio. No wonder why I never heard of them. The band plays a cool lounge sound but like I said before its a little too unique to really appriciate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars go listen - this is a GREAT album ! Jan. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have discovered this album 2-3 years ago during a trip to Canada ; since then, all my friends have bought it and it is in heavy rotation in all of our homes.
Do yourself a favour : go and buy it ! It is innovative, groovy, soulful, clever, and litterally shouts musicianship, great songwriting and band tightness (it's obvious these guys really play TOGETHER ; I went to see them at a show in Paris : wow !!! what a band, and what a show ... one of my best concerts ever).
In my humble opinion, WAY superior to "Yeah, that's easy" from the same band, which is a nice CD but nowhere in the same league than Philadelphonic. Again GO and buy it. NOW. Peace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Nice CD from a Great Band July 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
With G looking a lot like Elvis on the back of this cd, things seem to be kicked into highgear on this outing, offering many lovely cuts that are some of the best songs the band has ever conjured up with their magical melange of rap, folk, blues and rock. The cd gets started on a good note with No Turning Back, a typical rock song, but tinged with the band's special recipe of sauce. Dreamin' follows up as an even stronger track. It's uplifting and merry, encouraging the listener "Dreams are like fish, you've got to keep on realin'." Roaches is another good track, serving as a prelude to the best song on the disc, Rodeo Clowns. This is the single from this cd, and for once, I could agree with this selection as the single. It's undeniably smooth and catchy and just really sweeps you off your feet into a dancing sunset party, "but the women keep on dancing with the clowns." Numbers is a spiritual track that I enjoy immensely as well. These opening 5 songs make up an astoundingly strong quintet to commence and sustain the music of any cd. The cd begins to lose steam a bit after numbers, but there are a few other good songs like the humorous Kick Drum, and Honor and Harmony. Philadelphonic, overall, is a really good record, and I think it's well worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD to clean your house to... Nov. 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
and I say that as a compliment. This CD has everything- rap, reggae, blues, folk. There is a great depth to both the lyrics and music of every track and they really carry me days I'm stuck in the house. If you enjoy G Love's talent for putting a smile on your face and making your head nod with every track that comes on, then this is the CD you should buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars G only brings the love Sept. 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
Everyone who says that they don't like this albumn, obviously does not really like G.Love. Not that I care if you really like him, just please don't rate the albumn, you are just bringing him down. Sure this albumn isn't his best, but I tell you what, if you really liked G.Love at all, you would love this albumn. "No turning back", "Do it for free", and "Kick Drum" should do it for you. But then he comes at you with, what I believe to be one of the greatest love songs ever, "Gimmie some lovin'". Which is a very bold statement because of all the competition. But if you look at it the way I do, G. is just describing what would please him best, waking up to the sunshine in his face and the woman he loves right next to him. Plus he describes it with such amuzing lyrics that it can't be beat, at least in the amuzing acoustic love ballad department. The albumn also has the track Rodeo Clowns, written by Jack Johnson. If you like Ben Harper, DMB, or G.Love you are bound to love Jack Johnson and his Brushfire Fairytales albumn. Anyway Philadelphonic is a must have in the eyes of the fan, and I will arm wrestle anyone who says otherwise, Over the Top Style!
P.S. if you get the chance to see him live, take it, he will blow you away
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start! June 16 2001
Format:Audio CD
It all started when a friend of mine invited me to see G. Love in concert. I was skeptical, I mean, G. Love? what is this guy?? But from start to finish, that concert was a toe-tappin, head-bobbin trip. G. Love's lazy singing and half-rapping is absoultely lulling, and the backing of jimmy jazz's easy-going bass and houseman's beats is fantastic. As a classical violinist branching out, I instantly loved this combination of blues, rock, rap and just about every other genre of music. The day after the concert, I purchased Philadelphonic, and I must listen to it five times a day at least. If you're looking to get into G. Love and the inimitable Special Sauce, here's a great starting point!
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1.0 out of 5 stars mostly cheap commercial filler May 4 2001
Format:Audio CD
G and the boys really went downhill on this one. Many of the tracks (roaches, kick drum, thank you around the world) are bad filler. Kick Drum especially is a waste of Brodeeva's many talents. Other songs have a fluffy commercialized feel to them, seeing G Love mumble his way through terrible syrupy slow songs which achingly lay bare the lack of vocal talent that he previously hid through clever rapping--and none of us minded, because they were good at what they did. But now G has "matured" and sings about religion instead of basketball, and the tracks that give a glimmer of their better days (like shouts out to the rappers) feel terribly rehashed. Hasn't he done this before, is what went through my head upon hearing that one, not to mention the cringe that crossed my face on listening to the cheap Slick Rick imitation on "Hundred Dollar Bill." Hey, G; at least mention that you're imitating Slick Rick at the beginning of the song so we know when to turn the volume down. I cannot overstate my disappointment with this record. I'm a huge GLASS fan, have many of their rare CDs and tapes, and have been following them through their previous albums, all 5-star efforts. This is real crap. Please go back to the studio, play some basketball, whatever...don't let success get to your head, as it seems like it has with this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No love for G-love
I am sorry but this CD is really really bad. For those of you who liked his previous albums this really pales in comparison. That song Rodeo Clowns makes me want to... Read more
Published on April 3 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars dont knock this [....]
yo, this is the most strait up, philly blues rap ive heard in a while . this is the tightest junk they have ever made i hope g-love will stay around for many years to come, yo!!
Published on Jan. 26 2001 by chuckles
5.0 out of 5 stars <9 of 14> Songs Will Change Your Life
One of 1999's best releases. If you're a rocker that's always been a bit afraid of that "rap" stuff, this'll get you on the difficult road to appreciation. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2001 by blr
5.0 out of 5 stars Whipped that Special Sauce Together
You might have heard G Love & Special Sauce from their previous CDs, G Love & Special Sauce, Coast to Coast Motel, and Yeah it's That Easy, but their new studio recorded CD... Read more
Published on Dec 18 2000 by Greg Boissonnault
5.0 out of 5 stars ...
truly talented musicians who pull from a variety of musical influences. this guy has great beats, better rhymes, and even more truth.
Published on July 4 2000 by Laura Lea Nalle
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo, this is good stuff
I first heard G. Love & Special Sauce at Penn's Landing on a July 4. I didn't know they had recorded until I heard G. Love on a Little Milton album, and searched amazon. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000 by C.Waite
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