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Yeah Its That Easy Enhanced
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|13. When We Meet Again|
Includes One Bonus Track: 'cookin with G Love'.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on July 13 2003 by Daniel J. Beck
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 morePublished on April 9 2002
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 4 2000 by bas
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 morePublished on July 26 2000
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 morePublished on Jan. 30 2000
I've been hearing comparisons of G. Love and the Special Sauce to Beck and I'd like to dispute them. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2000 by Eclectic Listener
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2000 by J. Mitchell