Sound — 9
Released in 1973, Cosmic Slop is a somewhat underrated entry in the Funkadelic discography, an unjust fate for such an enjoyable album. The album didn't yield any notable singles and was largely ignored commercially. Coming on the heels of the double album America Eats it's Young (1972), Cosmic Slop finds the band in a more stripped down state of affairs with only five musicians taking part(aside from the vocalists, of course). Though the proceedings are less elaborate in terms of instrumentation, the scaled down band helps to contribute to an increased sense of focus. As far as the production goes, this is a mid-period Funkadelic record and it sounds as such. Though not as rough and overtly psychedelic as earlier George Clinton productions, Clinton has yet to fully move into his more pop-oriented later phase. Being a Funkadelic release, the sound is primarily guitar oriented here, although Bernie Worrell's keyboards perform admirably and group interplay remains top notch.
Lyrics — 8
As with most P-funk, the lyrics of this album are generally not the focus. This doesn't mean, however, that they are not enjoyable and often quite amusing. While tracks like "Nappy Dugout" and "No Compute" revel in fun and lusty sexuality, "March to the Witch's Castle" showcases the band's more political side. "This Broken Heart" is the closest thing to a soul song on this album, with most of the other tracks falling somewhere between earthy rock, hard funk, and gospel-influenced soul. As always, the vocals here are a force to be reckoned with and Clinton makes it plain that he knows his way around a group vocal.
Overall Impression — 9
As Funkadelic albums go, this is a pretty solid record. While not as "out there" or indulged as many P-funk releases, this is a fully formed and consistent outing with it's own share of curiosities. Recent critical opinion has re-evaluated this album as one of the better funk albums of the decade and it's easy to see why. While not as commercially successful as one might hope, Clinton and company were definitely on the right track here.