Uncle Jam Wants You Review

artist: funkadelic date: 08/22/2007 category: compact discs
funkadelic: Uncle Jam Wants You
Release Date: 1979
Label: Priority
Genres: Funk
Number Of Tracks: 6
Uncle Jam Wants You takes not merely a more daring musical approach but a more forthright political stance.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 8
 Overall rating:
 8.9 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.7 
 Users rating:
 9 
 Votes:
 2 
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overall: 8.7
Uncle Jam Wants You Reviewed by: irishman, on august 22, 2007
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Sound: The 1979 offering from the George Clinton brainchild "Funkadelic" starts off with a real "tempations" sort of feel in "freak of the week", that evolves through some sweet funk on "not just knee deep" (De La Soul fans will recognise the song as the sample for "Me, Myself, and I"), into a brief live ditty, followed by some shear funk to top of the album. The latter songs on the album have a distinct military/marching feel. The album has a fantastic production quality, many of the songs have many different instruments, horns, strings, guitars, synth etc., the sound really blends well together. // 10

Lyrics: Keeping in line with their other work, the lyrics are really out there, with a humourous undercurrent. The lyrical work on the album is fantastic, the backing singers have great skills, and these can easily be heard. The lyrics have a real doo-wop quality, with backing singers all the while through the album, blending in perfectly with the other instruments, and not really acting as a stand-alone entity, which really suits the genre. // 8

Overall Impression: This album is a gem, it is deffinitely more evolved to some of their earlier work, and doesn't have many songs that are guitar based, unlike say, "Maggot Brain" or "standing on the verge of getting it on". That said, it's a must for any fan of funkadelic, george clinton, or funk, soul or fans of '60s and '70s dance in general. Also, george clinton is allegedy the second most sampled artist of all time, after James Brown, so this album is literally packed with various blues lines andriffs that will sound familiar. The song "Uncle Jam" on this album is quite possibly the happiest song I have ever heard! The album sets out to "Rescue Dance Music From The Blahs", as the cover claims, and it does exactly this, giving dance the funk up the injection it needed at the time. // 8

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