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.