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Yeah Its That Easy [Enhanced]

G. Love and Special Sauce Audio CD
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1. Stepping Stones
2. I-76
3. Lay Down The Law
4. Slipped Away (The Ballad Of Lauretha Vaird)
5. You Shall See
6. Take You There
7. Willow Tree
8. Yeah, It's That Easy
9. Recipe
10. 200 Years
11. Making Amends
12. Pull The Wool
13. When We Meet Again

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Love & Special Sauce released their debut album in 1994, the same year Beck made his major-label debut with a similar blend of folk-blues roots and slacker-rap. Though he has never quite matched Beck's aesthetic or commercial success, Love continues to tinker with the formula in interesting ways and has come up with his best album yet in 1997's Yeah, It's That Easy. Like Beck, Love is at his best when he allows pop pleasures to shine through the montage of archival roots and hip-hop experiments. This album, for example, kicks off with "Stepping Stone," which, for all its blues motifs and street-wise beats, is at its best when it reaches its irresistible, sing-along chorus.

Yeah, It's That Easy is an unusual hip-hop album in that it includes a powerful pro-police, anti-gangster number, but it also takes time to make fun of Larry Bird. The latter insult comes on "I-76," a funny, funky number about Love's boyhood hoops team, the Philadelphia 76ers. Less persuasive are the mumbling, monotonous rap numbers such as the title track, but when Love pulls together hip-hop beats, blues guitar licks, and pop hooks, as he does on "Lay Down the Law," an elegy for a street-life victim, he finally lives up to all the great claims made for him at his debut. --Geoffrey Himes

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G.Love And Special Sauce ~ Yeah It's That Easy

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5.0 out of 5 stars They've got the recipe May 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
Philly born and bred, G. Love (Garret Dutton) and Special Sauce pour out all their emotion and talent into an enticing amalgam of hip-hop, blues, folk, and funk. The band's talent shines forth the brightest on this cd, their third effort. Here's a brief overview of the tracks:
1. Stepping Stones - 5 stars - The hook "you keep using me just like a stepping stone" will be stuck in your head for weeks.
2. I-76 - 4 1/2 stars - This one is a funky tune about hoops, particularly G's team, the 76ers.
3. Lay Down the Law - 5 stars - The surprisingly simple and beautiful prelude to the bulk of this track is exquisite.
4. Slipped Away - 2 1/2 stars - A dark tune about someone deceased in G's family, possibly his mother. Too dreary for me, doesn't fit well with the rest of the tracks on here.
5. You Shall See - 3 stars - Nothing really special on this one, just an average track.
6. Take You There - 5 stars - Awesome, laid-back summer tune with a sweet cowbell.
7. Willow Tree - 5 stars - Another great song for lounging in the sun, good stuff.
8. Yeah, It's That Easy - 4 stars - Nice piano backed up by G's sweet rhymes.
9. Recipe - 5 stars - Very funky and soulful, great track
10. 200 Years - 3 stars - A little bit dull, not bad though.
11. Making Amends - 3 1/2 stars - Fun and upbeat number.
12. Pull the Wool - 10 stars - Absolutely amazing. This song is one of the most beautiful tracks I've ever heard. 9 minutes and 26 seconds of sheer bliss.
13. When We Meet Again - 4 stars - G's standard acoustic, folky last number.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 words:Slackn' Groove Nov. 19 2001
Format:Audio CD
I picked this up after a friend told me I should get it since I thought that Philadolphonic was a bit disapointing(with the exception of Numbers, which is a great song). Figuring I wasn't getting anything "special" I plopped down the money and bought the CD. Low and behold, it is now one of the most charished CDs I own.
The first thing I love about this CD is the vibe! The whole CD reflects a very relaxed and laid back band. While the music isn't quite as tight as some bands because of this, the sloppy blues, groove, hip-hop all works so well together. Another thing that helps that is melody and harmony. The band's ability to play of each other shows up in every song. The background vocals excentuate Garret's deep, low voice. The end result are songs with more soul than most pop-soul acts these days. The drums keep the pace moving. The harmonica adds a nice touch to the band's laid back blues sound. The up-right bass is also just right.
Everthing about this album just feels so right. I never though any band could create a CD that actually discribes my attitude in life, G. Love and Special Sauce have managed to do it. The slackn' grooves are just what need when I need something to sit back and relax to(sorry but it's hard to do that to the new Sevendust album). If I have one complaint about this CD is that it drags in some places. Pull the Wool could have been 3 minutes shorter and still have the same effect. Otherwise this is the perfect CD to grab cooler full of some good beverages and kick the feet up and feel the music. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars g.love deserves more air play... Nov. 28 1998
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Format:Audio CD
i have been a g.love & special sauce fan from day one, from his days with the "kings court" and the "philly cartel", he's always known how to lay down the sound that keeps us coming back for more. i have read reviews that say g. is an untalented beck knockoff, g. love has more talent in his right index finger than beck has all together. given i am somewhat of a beck fan, but after two of his songs, it's all the same. all the radio stations around play beck constantly, i have only heard one station play anything by g. love & special sauce, and the song they played was "shooting hoops" from his self-titled debut, i want more g. on my radio! g. love has released countless cd's that have just gotten better with time, cd after cd, the man keeps us entertained. he has released a country cd as well, he has also has the video for "kiss & tell" played on TNN, showing that his talent is limitless, g.love is by far the greatest all around musician to come around in a long, long time and his latest cd "yeah, it's that easy" is just another "stepping stone" for g. as he makes his way to the pinnacle of the music world. i recommend this cd to anyone that is looking for new, fresh music, with a different sound. g.love is an artist who is guaranteed to be around for a while...
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G Love & Special Sauce are at their most playful and most sentimental on this disc. "Yeah it's That Easy" offers a broader range of song themes than the self-titled previous album. Take "I-76" a blast of song about gettin' to the 76ers game...you can imagine yourself with him and his boys on the way to the game. "Lay Down the Law" employs soul-felt gospel style singing, though it's not a gospel song. "When We Meet Again" is for anyone who misses old friends...G Love will reminisce with you. "Slipped Away" (the ballad) is kind of a downer for me, but doesn't keep me from appreciating the whole disc.
G Love artfully blends all sorts of modern styles to deliver his own brand of uptempo music. It's not rock, it's not rap, it's not jazz, it's just good damn music! I think he's in a class all his own. We need more artists like him to keep the scene fresh, upbeat, and accessible.
If you're looking for something new and don't know what to buy, buy this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Album is an Essential
Listen, we all know that reviews are nothing more than personal opinions, so let me cut right to the chase. I love this album. Read more
Published on July 13 2003 by Daniel J. Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like their grooves, then buy this one
The lazy blues and rap/rock& roll that G. Love sells is really smooth and relaxed. Never has he collected a better collection than this one here. Read more
Published on April 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Album!
Buy It...Listen to it....Bottom line...
Published on June 9 2001 by SEAN FLANSBAUM
5.0 out of 5 stars This is their best so far
G-Love is the product of a generation passed...
They have a sound all their own.
This CD demonstrates that. Its good if you want something bluesy, rocky, and rappy... Read more
Published on April 12 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this one!!
I heared Yeah it's that easy.. the first time I was chilling in a coffeeshop with my friends and after a couple of numbers I asked the bartender what the name of the CD was. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2000 by bas
1.0 out of 5 stars truly disappointing...
i saw g. love live a while back, and thought that they were okay...however...the cd disappointed me greatly...it was unimaginative, puerile nonsense...let's hope g. Read more
Published on July 26 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Get This CD, It's That Easy
G. Love & Special Sauce came back with an attack with this CD. This album probably helped draw in a wider variety of listeners. The sound makes you wanna sit back and chill. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2000 by "jahsh_concurz"
4.0 out of 5 stars G. Love Succeeds Where Others Fail
I've been hearing comparisons of G. Love and the Special Sauce to Beck and I'd like to dispute them. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2000 by Eclectic Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars G. Love at his best
All of G. Love's albums are great and hold a place in my heart, but this one is the best, and the one i would reccommend to people just getting into this incredible talent. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2000 by J. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD!!
I just bought this cd a few days ago, and I think I've listened to it at least ten times! The best song is I-76, but all the songs are worth listening to. G. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 1999
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