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With their new album Break Out (the band's first for Concord Records) Soulive are poised top become the funk brothers of the 21st century, turning in a groundbreaking set with a tightness and authority reminiscent of the genre's boundary blurring studio legs-end, from the legendary Motown house band and Stax's MG's, to the Muscle Shoals rhythm section. Features special guests Robert Randolph, Corey Glover, Ivan Nevelle and Chaka Khan. Concord. 2005.

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listen  7. She's Hooked 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Take It Easy 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Vapor 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. What Can You Do 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Interlude II0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B000A7DVN6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R.Markert on October 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let's be honest: this is not a great Soulive CD. It isn't even a particularly good one. This is especially disappointing if, like me, you've grown to really like this band and know what they're capable of doing. With few exceptions the instrumentals are weak and uninspired. They simply weren't trying very hard on this one folks, and it shows. There's so little rhythmic variation among some of the tracks I wonder why they bothered to stop one tune and start the next, since the objective seems to be a kind of stupifying mid-tempo modal continuum. The unmemorable vocals are too numerous and mostly sound like quickly-prepared filler material. Overall there's simply precious little of the originality and fire for which Soulive is deservedly known. You have to wonder who let this one out the door. I'm just glad I downloaded it (legally) at emusic.com instead of paying ordinary retail. If after reading this you still want it, I strongly suggest you do the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Terry on November 26, 2005
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Regarded as a "jam band", Soulive would like "Breakout" to be marketed to a soul audience. I'm not quite sure what made them a "jam band" anyway. Certainly, Medeski, Martin and Wood are placed into the same category too. I'm not sure what makes them like Phish and The String Cheese Incident. Maybe "jam band" fans just have a broad definition of what they like. Anyway, this album took a little while to grow on me. The funky jams are there but they have more of a seventies soul sound than ever before. Which is a little more subtle than the "acid jazz" category I placed them in. We have labels for everything, don't we? This is another one of those "and friends" efforts with standout efforts by soul royalty Chaka Khan and Ivan Neville, Reggie Watts and steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph. Give it a chance, they're still your Soulive and one of the tightest bands out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Music Fan on December 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Soulive since I first read a MODERN DRUMMER interview with Alan Evans in '01. After I read the article I decided to check out the "Doin' Something" CD and wasn't disappointed. I loved the sound of the band and couldn't wait for future releases. Welllll... the material that they recorded before (but released after) "Doin' Something" was a little raw but had excellent material, but I didn't count that as "new" stuff". "Next" really let me down- material wasn't quite as sharp, production was too glossy sounding for my taste and drums sounded weak. Then there was a live album and a remix album- both good, but I wanted something from the studio that would hit me like "Something". Finally it came with "Break Out"! It hit me from beginning to end, maybe even a lil harder than "Something". The material was fresh and on-point, had very good guest vocals, and there was definitely a different plan in mind (to my ear) as far as the production. The organ sound seemed a just a little further back in the mix, guitar and horns (most notably the trumpet) took a more prominent lead, and the snare had a little more body to it. Overall, a great sounding CD that shows some growth of the Soulive sound. Personal favorites: Reverb (too funky!!), Break Out, Take It Easy, Vapor, and What Can You Do. Pick this up if you are a fan!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Bradley on September 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
While it needs time to simmer and get more familiar, my first impressions are mixed. Speaking of the mix, occasional problems pop up like the solos are often buried and the low end keys are overpowering the vocals. If you listen for those type of details, some of the mix problems take away from the overall tightness just a bit.

Having said that, I love this band and I was going to buy this album no matter what. I like it so far and when bands venture into a slightly different direction it always takes a few listens before you get hip to the new sound. That's when you dig it the most. Can't wait for that to happen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Bates on September 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Whether you are new to Soulive or old fan (can't be that old since they been around <10 yrs) this CD is not a Live performance. I am certain based on the number of LIVE shows I have seen. Contrary to other comments, I like the self production. However, someday it might be fun to see what another "big-time" producer might do with their sound for a commercial release.

I had the time to sit down and listen to the whole CD at one sitting. Overall a great listen. There are some real jam tracks (again not a live set) and a few occasional softies. Sincerely appreciated Chaka Khan's vocal talents as well as Ivan Neville. Still remember hearing it LIVE at the Chicago House of Blues and have been awaiting a commercial release of that for 2+ years. Thanks for entire project. See you in Madison and Chicago when you tour in support of this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke Thompson on February 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
For me, the real Soulive can be heard in their fantastic Turn It Out album. That one really showcases the band in its true form - the core of the band is an extremely tight and exciting rhythm section, with wonderful melodic licks from the guitar and organ. That's all I need, personally, and this new album gives us that in places (Reverb, Breakout, Take It Easy) but much of the album seems to have covered over the main nerve of creativity within the band.

Perhaps this is due to the higher production values on the record, which are very clean but not as raw and visceral as on Turn It Out. Also, the guest vocals are pleasant, and there are some quite happy multi-instrumental jams on show, but for me this all is gloss over what I really want - Soulive jamming it hard as a 3 piece and letting the juices flow!

I suppose the best way to experience this is to see the band live, so if they are in your town get some tickets straight away!

I'm still in love with this band, although this album doesn't give me the kick I get from some of their earlier work. This CD is growing on me though, as it reveals sophisticated depths...

Give it some patience, and this becomes a mellow treat. It might not get you freaking out on the underground as you listen to it on your iPod though...

p.s. That is a reference to me listening to Turn It Out on the London Underground. Can't help going crazy to Soulive!)
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