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 Home is where I want to be
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2001 - Review "The Good the Bad and the Funky" PDF Print E-mail

Like the Stereo MC's, The Tom Tom Club were last heard from back in 1992. Most, surely, considered them long defunct, but The Good, the Bad and the Funky marks Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth's return in surprisingly sprightly style, brimful of bubbling beats and bolstered by a shifting line-up whose number includes multi-talented guitarist Robbie Aceto, turntablist Kid Ginseng, percussionist/kora player Abdou M'Boup and vocalist Charles Pettigrew (formerly of soul duo Charles & Eddie).

With the ragga toaster Mystic Bowie ­ top name of the week, I think ­ adding the requisite dancehall swagger to several tracks, Toots Hibbert fronting the fast ska shuffle "She's Dangerous", and P-Funk elder Bernie Worrell's clavinet lending its funky gurgle to "Holy Water", the overall impression is akin to Was (Not Was) straying into Caribbean climes, a conceptual funk outfit seduced by island fun and frisky rhythms. That's most clearly evident on the strutting "Time To Bounce", whose electro-matic dancehall style recalls Philip "Fattis" Burrell and Steely & Clevie, while a sterling cover of Lee Perry's classic "Soul Fire" provides Mystic Bowie with his most expansive platform.

With Pettigrew contributing his best Marvin Gaye impression to "Surrender", and Tina Weymouth bringing a more relaxed, sensual approach to "Love To Love You Baby", the result is, surprisingly, one of the feel-good albums of the summer.

- Andy Gill, May 24, 2001 (independent.


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