The etymology of the word “funk” has something to do with body odor. In other words, the music is meant to be loaded with sweat, sex and all of the other things that make human beings messy and unique. By changing the operative vowel in the genre’s name, the Brothers Goldman fashion their bluesy funk for their own purposes which are, to put it politely, overly polite. The guitar solos are carefully measured and symmetrical, the vocal performances normal, and the art of song craft takes a back seat to the custodial grooves that make up a bulk of fOnkOlOgy. The use of the Hammond B3 organ definitely helps the overall tightness of sound, but it still won’t restore the missing perspiration that provides funk’s inspiration. Why have wine when you can have water instead?
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