Entertainment Weekly (4/27/01, p.118) - "...Love continues to merge genres like hip-hop, swamp blues, and ska, but the real secret is the sly songwriting, which turns his groove gumbos into sardonic meditations on bruised romance..." - Rating: B+
This is an enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
G. Love & Special Sauce: Garrett Dutton (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Jeff Clemens (vocals, drums); Jim Prescott (string bass).
Additional personnel includes: Alma (vocals); Arty (viola); Hoch (cello); John Medeski (organ, Moog synthesizer); Dave Geller (congas); Jamie Janover, Billy Conway (percussion).
Producers: Chris DiBeneditto, G. Love & Special Sauce.
Ever since Elvis Presley hit it big mixing rhythm & blues with country, white artists--from the Rolling Stones to the Beastie Boys--have achieved success by integrating black music into the (white) mainstream. G. Love has taken that concept one step further by mixing traditionally black forms --hip-hop, reggae, the blues of the Mississippi Delta, and the soul music of his native Philly--with peripheral styles like the mutated blues-rock of Jimi Hendrix, country, New Orleans r&b, and even jazz. He comes up with a sound he can call his own.
The fusion is even richer than before on Love's fifth album. "Hopeless Case" adds late-Beatles psychedelic touches to the mix without sounding the least bit retro or pretentious. "Night of the Living Dead" is an exquisitely sung funk/jazz workout (with violin and highly realistic barking-dogs intro) that concludes with a jam reminiscent of the original Butterfield Band during their EAST/WEST experimental period. Highly recommended.