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CSC Funk Band

Funkincense

(Electric Cowbell; US: 23 Apr 2013; UK: 23 Apr 2013)

CSC Funk Band is a perfectly capable instrumental outfit who play a tight and bouncy form of good-time booty-shaking music (or drive-down-the-highway-really-fast music, in my experience). Tunes like “Catcher’s Mitt” and “Klip Winger” channel a freewheeling, good-time vibe that never slows down or gets too serious, while the spoken-word intro to “Choom Gang” seems to point to a history of pot-smoking for our current Chief Executive. Despite all this, though, CSC doesn’t do much to stand out from the pack of other, more adventurous funk outfits like the New Mastersounds or the Funk Ark. There’s nothing wrong here, particularly, and the musicianship is spot-on and energetic. There just isn’t much to differentiate this crew from anyone else.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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