RELEASE
August 03, 1999
LABEL
Sony Music Distribution
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Rap, Post-Grunge, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

The title of G. Love & Special Sauce's fourth album illustrates their desire to play up their Philadelphia roots, emphasizing classic Philly soul along with their blues-rap melange. Philadelphonic isn't entirely unsuccessful on that front, either. The group's laid-back, groove-oriented sound benefits from the sophisticated, sultry sound of Philly soul, as the single "Rodeo Clowns" illustrates. The problem is, G. Love & Special Sauce still winds up sacrificing songs for groove and feel. That wouldn't be so bad if Philadelphonic was simply a series of jams, but they continue to write material that feels like songs but never gels. They turn out to be vehicles for jams and half-hearted, muttered raps, neither of which provide hooks or memorable turns of phrase. That doesn't mean Philadelphonic doesn't sound good, since the group does have a way with a groove -- it just never really rises above the level of a groove-jam album.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. No Turning Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/no-turning-back/id322696935?i=322696936&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Dreamin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/dreamin/id322696935?i=322696937&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Roacheshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/roaches/id322696935?i=322696938&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Rodeo Clownshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/rodeo-clowns/id322696935?i=322696939&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Numbershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/numbers/id322696935?i=322696940&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Relaxhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/relax/id322696935?i=322696941&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Do It for Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/do-it-for-free/id322696935?i=322696942&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Honor and Harmonyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/honor-and-harmony/id322696935?i=322696943&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Kick Drumhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/kick-drum/id322696935?i=322696944&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Friday Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/friday-night-hundred-dollar/id322696935?i=322696945&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Rock and Rollhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/philadelphonic/id322696935?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/love/id322696935?i=322696947&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Around the Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/around-the-world-thank-you/id322696935?i=322696948&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Gimme Some Lovin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/gimme-some-lovin/id322696935?i=322696949&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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