While Down to the Bone are still considered to be an acid jazz outfit, the musical mind of of the group's chief composer, producer, and arranger Stuart Wade has gotten a lot funkier as he's gotten older. To me, that's a good thing. Lots of horns, handclaps, and funky basslines to be had. Lots of solid soloing, particularly Neil Angilley's turns on the Rhodes piano, Hammond organ, and other various keyboards. They do what they do quite well; the only downside is that this group of tunes, like most DTTB releases, can't fight their sonic similarities and start to run together after a while. However, I always enjoy it when a DTTB track turns up on a shuffle, particularly at work: a mid-day chair dance is always welcome at that place.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: The title track wouldn't be out of place as a deep cut on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I also like the syncopated beat of Spiderlegs and the closing groove of We've Always Got The Music. The two collaborations with Hil St Soul are good and I don't normally enjoy vocal tracks on a mostly instrumental jazz album. My least favorite track is Get On It.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: none
Previously revisited for the blog:
Cellar Funk (2004)
Crazy Vibes and Things (2002)
The Urban Grooves (1999)