August 03, 1999
Sony Music Distribution
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 Back
  2. Dreamin'
  3. Roaches
  4. Rodeo Clowns
  5. Numbers
  6. Relax
  7. Do It for Free
  8. Honor and Harmony
  9. Kick Drum
  10. Friday Night
  11. Rock and Roll
  12. Love
  13. Around the World
  14. Gimme Some Lovin'
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