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Meta-Funk N Physical

Mother's FinestAudio CD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drt
  • ASIN: B0000A4GD1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Flat on My Back
2. I Believe
3. Set You Free
4. Funk -A- Wild
5. Bring It
6. Inside of Me
7. Hard Time
8. What Happens When We Die?
9. N-Groove
10. Crazy Side
11. Sun on the Inside
12. Way of the World
13. Don't Take Your Love
14. If 6 Was 9

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return - Long live the Mother's! September 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mother's Finest is one of the greatest bands of all time for two reasons. First, they're at their best when they're live...the MF stage show never disappoints. Second, their goal has always been to Rock with Funk, and they're not afraid to explore funk in all its glorious manifestations. Whether its straight-ahead rock (Another Mother Further), R&B (Mother Factor), Dance (Looks Could Kill, their most oft-dismissed work - and probably the only time they fell pray to marketing execs) or Bum-kicking hard rock (the glorious and immortal Iron Age, and to a slightly lesser extent the more recent Black Radio Won't Play This Record), the Mothers deliver solid songs, great guitar work (nobody does ya like the Wyzard and Moses Mo), and phenomenal vocals. Joyce Kennedy is one of the most talented rock vocalists ever...her raw power, sharp intonation, highest highs and deepest lows send shivers up the spine. Add to that the sing-n-shout-n-get-up-off-yo-bum style of Glenn Murdock, and you've got a rock vocal sound rarely heard these days. Happily, in this outing, both of them are sounding as strong as ever.
I think this is a great album.. This has never been a band interested in following styles...it's always been about trying stuff, a solid delivery, and never forgetting the funk. Meta-Funk'n-Physical picks up where Black Radio left off. The rawness of Black Radio is toned down in places, the tracks are slicker, and they're having fun with the voices and the mixing and the special effects, but the crunch, the bass and the voices are sounding better than ever. "Flat on my Back" and "I Believe" blast out of the gate...the rawness is replaced with a razor-sharp calculated focus, and they rock! The third track, "Set you Free" is a gorgeous showcase for Ms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the doubters - MF at their finest February 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After reading many of the other reviews of this CD, I was doubtful as to whether i should make the purchase. The main thing that kept me positive about buying was that my favorite MF album is not "Iron Age" or "Black Radio......", but "Another Mother Further" from 1977.

What makes Mother's Finest truly unique is their ability to seamlessly blend rock, funk and soul influences to make something compleley thier own. And Meta-Funk N Physical sees them doing that more sucessfully than at any point since their live album from 1979. Since then, they have veered (in my opinion) a little too far in one direction or the other - "Looks Could Kill" being one extreme and "Black Radio...." being the other, although both albums have their redeeming features.

The return of Moses Mo on some tracks is an absolute pleasure, and his unique feel and phrasing makes you realise just how much MF missed him when making "Black Radio....".

Overall, the songs merge funk, soul and metal with a modern edge - this could almost be a new band in their twentysomthings rather than a veteran group. They really sound like they've had a lot of fun making this album.

The much maligned drum machine doesn't get in the way of enjoying this CD. In fact, I felt it added to the blending of the various influences and contributed to the album's very modern feel - as most album's with any kind of dance oriented feel use a drum machine in these days of Pro-tools saturation.

My favorite tracks include "I Believe" (a great blend of the distinct guitar styles of Moses Mo and John Hayes with a fantastic updating of the traditional MF sound), "Funk A Wild" (Baby Jean sounds soooooo very sexy when she coos "You wanna make it with me?
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2.0 out of 5 stars more like "meta-funkin'-digital" May 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This one and "Looks could kill" are two albums by the Mothers that I don't like much. Instead of physical, organic funk you get drum-machines, studio-effects and synthesized guitar sounds.
This album is not a group-effort. Bits and pieces have been taken from previous projects ( see discography on their website ) and two songs are new versions of "Like a negro" and "Give you all the love". There are sixteen or some different musicians playing / programming on this record. Among them there's Omar Hakim doing a guest-appearance on REAL drums on "If 6 was 9" and when you listen to that you just want to smash every drum-machine on the planet ! Sorry, but this album is nothing more than a compilation of demo's to me ... give us the real thing next time !
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2.0 out of 5 stars what a disappointment! August 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Guys, Im going to try to keep my review short as Im very sad and disappointed. Im a huge MF fan and this is the real significant album for over a decade. 1981s Iron Age is and always will be one of my favorite albums, I gave it a 5 star review here. In that review I stated "From time to time over the decades, this lot have experimented as a rock band, a funk band and, gulp, a pop (ish) band. They are, and always will be, best as a hard rock"
So with sadness I have to report that this album mistakenly tries to cover ALL those bases. Some rock, pop, ballads etc. Its an error and produces a mixed up weak album. They even have the temerity to cover a song originally on their early 90s classic. Guys - didnt you have enough material collected in the 10 year gap between albums???
Anyway as I said I'm disappointed, this band are important and their output is important. This is a let down, and Im going now to put on Iron Age and Black Radio to remind me what rock music should be. I respectfully suggest that Mothers Finest do the same and give us what we need next year maybe!
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