7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2006
Amps second album is actually stronger than his debut (great as it is) the tracks laid here are for the serious organic soul fan "Faith" is a great funky foot stomper with a dirty low B-line. "Right where you are" and the strange but superb sounding "if i don't" are all dancerfloor grooves. The awesome track titled "hustle" has a very Curtis sounding string ladened back drop, But if you like your ballads there is one here for you titled "Heaven" ft Stephanie McKay on vocals plus guitarist bluey (incognito front man) whose laced the track just wonderful throughout, and there harmonies blend just perfectly together & i feel in a short period of time it could be one of my favorite tracks on the album. Many people don't really appreciate the impact this man has had and continues to have on todays music scene, for instance Jaydee learned his trade from Amp Fiddler, this guy executes that earthy sound to damn perfection, there ain't no stand out tracks so to speak bcuz it just runs effortlessly throughout the LP, but if you like the following arists Dwele, V, Eric Roberson, peven everett, omar etc.. you will love this album, so one word to you guy's .......... purchase !!!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2007
For over a decade, Brit-rock has proclaimed its green credentials by recycling at least 50% of its material and repackaging it as if it were completely original.
By contrast, contemporary Afro-American music's sample culture fetishises reconditioned old licks and beats, while offering much more genuine novelty.
Joseph "Amp" Fiddler is the exception who proves the rule.
A Detroit veteran of George Clinton's p-funk unit, his second solo album, but for a cod-ragga toast on "I Need You", could well have teleported in from the mid-1970s.
Referencing Gil Scott-Heron in the jazz-funk meditation "Right Where You Are", August Darnell in the zoot-suited "If I Don't", Marvin Gaye in "Hustle", Sly Stone in the bone-dry click-track drums, p-funk in the rubber bass and synths, and Shuggie Otis in the spare, stoned melodiousness, Amp also boasts a fine, smoky singing voice and a way-cool pimp hat.
If Jamiroquai could concoct a hit career out of a lot less, why not this retro rare-groover?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2007
This cd has a timeless feel to It. It reminds me of the old tunes I grew up listening to.I hear Marvin,Curtis,Prince,George and Sly's Influnce. I just got over to the cd and haven't pulled from my player yet.Love the tune 'heaven' and I hope that this guy has a long career. BUY THIS CD! YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2008
This is one of the best R&B albums I have heard in literally maybe ten years. It has everything. Dirty funk, smooth R&B, dance R&B ala Luther...
Great production, great musicianship. Great keyboard playing. Lyrics for adults. This album (and this artist) is one of those missing links that people just don't about.
It is guys like him who are actually passing along the music at a real, in the studio, level to the younger R&B cats in the the industry.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2008
Wow, Amp Fiddler really delves into a variety of musical genres in this CD. I hadn't heard his music and my Brother discovered him and decided that we had to interview him for our site [...]
I sampled his music and was hooked. In "You can be Mine" he collaborates with Neco Washington and creates a sound like an updated Chaka/Rufus collaboration. And then just when you think you have him pinned downed to a particular niche, he surprises you with his rendition Hendrix' "Hey Joe" And finally, his original "Right Where you Are" transports you to that special place with that special someone.......take a look at our interview with Amp: [...]