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Electric Mile Import
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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Songs like "Parasite" and "Praise Up" are often repetitive and lyrically "blah". "100 Magic Rings" repeats its name-sharing chorus nearly 50 times throughout the song.
While the album is certainly a long shot from the quality work that has appeared from G Love and Special sauce previously, it is still one that will always have your butt moving. I would give the album only 3 stars, but I just can't bring myself to trashing this album completely. If you can get over the non-creative aspects, you will find that musically the album is mediocre, but coming from a band who is possibly beyond their talent at times.
Most recent customer reviews
You need a hammer, a hammer, a hammer, a hammer, to hammer this one down. G. Love & Special Sauce returns stronger than ever. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by Reuben
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. Read morePublished on March 18 2002 by andy paterson
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2002 by Mark Rendeiro
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. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2001
If you have heard their earlier stuff, you will be able to tell that they've grown and experimented- and it was a success. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2001
I have been a G. Love fan for years and this album is one of, if not THE best album yet. From the opening song, "Unified" he has you hooked with a reggae tempo and then... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2001
I am so disappointed in this CD!! I don't know what all the other reviewers listened to, but I can't disagree more. Read morePublished on July 26 2001
i bought this album blindly. i had only heard G Love's 1st album and was happy with the purchase of this one. Read morePublished on July 11 2001 by Amazon Customer
Let's get one thing clear first... At one point you've got it, and then you don't. Something I've noticed about most of the customer reviews on this page is that most of them were... Read morePublished on June 9 2001 by SEAN FLANSBAUM