Lemonade CD (2006)

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Although G. Love has had trouble replicating the splash he made with his 1994 debut, that hasn't stopped him from slowly and steadily releasing albums while honing his laid-back blues/hip-hop/rock amalgam. In fact, by 2006's Lemonade, G. Love sounded more confident and focused than ever, incorporating his diverse influences into a cohesive whole without ever sounding strained.

Lemonade boasts some of G. Love's smoothest and most appealing songwriting; the breezy vibe of album opener "Ride" and the summer front-porch feel of the single "Hot Cookin'" are two cases in point. The instrumentation is still stripped-down and groove-centered, but guest appearances by Special Sauce (the artist's original backing band), Blackalicious, Ben Harper, and Jack Johnson (Lemonade appears on Johnson's Brushfire Records) add sparkle to the down-home approach.

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 202834291
UPC 602517022607
UPC 14 00602517022607
Format CD
Release Date 8/1/2006
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Author G. Love & Special Sa
Credits
Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica G. Love
Drums Jeffrey Clemens
Bass Jimmy "Jazz" Prescott
Artist Bio
G. Love & Special SauceRecords is back--and the first release on this revered imprint (now part of the Epic Records Group) is the self-titled debut album by G. Love & Special Sauce, released in March, 1994. This Boston-based trio sets front man G. Love's blues-laced raps and back-porch vocal stylings to semi-acoustic accompaniment--a unique fusion he calls "ragmop."The band is: G. Love (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jimmy "Jazz" Prescott a/k/a "Marshmallow Man" (acoustic bass), and Jeffrey Clemens a/k/a "House Man" (fonky drummer). All songs were written by G. Love (with a couple of co-writes), and produced by Stiff Johnson and Special Sauce. This album was recorded completely and truly live at Studio 4 in Philadelphia, PA.G. Love displays an uncanny knack for distilling the essence of both the blues and hip-hop into his own personal story-songs. He'll take a single blues lyric riff like Guitar Slim's "The Things I Used To Do" and weave a wholly new and intriguing narrative from it. He can revel in the relaxed pleasures of "Cold Beverage" or get hot at the "Fat Man" who sold him a used van that went bust. Given the utter simplicity of the instrumentation and recording, G. Love & Special Sauce reveals a striking variety of emotional moods and musical moves in the course of its fourteen tracks."It doesn't take long to tell that G. Love is one special find," wrote Tom Moon in The Philadelphia Inquirer. "He sings with a bluesman's authority, yet manages to avoid sounding like a student of the blues. His raps...are delivered with an uncommon confidence, as though the Philadelphia native knows the way to get attention is to whisper, not scream. And the supporting musicianship of Special Sauce adroitly follows its front man's stylistic change-ups."
Reviews
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review Lemonade is G. Love's strongest album since the mid-'90s, with plenty of his charm and few well-timed guests." Grade: B
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Artist G. Love & Special Sa
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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