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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000RIWATE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The preeminent groove machine Soulive is back with this thoughtful nod to funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, reggae and old-school R&B and some of their sharpest, most mature songwriting to date. No Place Like Soul also features the debut of their newest member, vocalist Toussant. This is the first new artist release on the relaunch of the legendary Memphis soul label Stax Records. The band will be on tour in the summer of 2007 for the months of July through September visiting 13 cities with more to come.

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The recently revived Stax label initiates its first release of new music with the appropriately named Soulive. The band's fifth studio effort, and first with a full-time vocalist, both solidifies and scatters the group's sound. By not utilizing high-profile guest vocalists, the focus is back on songs as opposed to the jazz-oriented jams of the past. Recent addition Toussaint acquits himself well, singing with old-school energy and passion that meshes with the group's similar slant. But it comes at the expense of the skin-tight Crusaders-styled approach, once a staple of Soulive's sound. A few instrumentals, such as the rather plodding "Bubble" and the Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired "Outrage," allow the guys to flex their considerable chops, yet this is clearly the act's most controlled, song-oriented effort yet. Toussaint goes falsetto loverman on the syrupy closing ballad "Kim," but the album coheres most effectively when Soulive hit a mid-tempo groove, as on "Callin'," the opening Sly Stone heavy funk-rock of "Waterfall," and the handclap-driven title track. Toussaint's reggae roots emerge on "If This World Was a Song" and his dusky voice is also a terrific match for the grinding funk of "Morning Light." Most of the improvisational jazz the threesome built their reputation on is MIA, which is particularly noticeable in Neal Evans's B3 keyboards moving to a supporting role. But Soulive take a step forward into the past on this retro excursion, and the impressive results should expand their audience--although possibly at the expense of some established fans drawn to the band's less structured material. --Hal Horowitz

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I'm one of the newer fans to Soulive.
leario
I understand the need to want to try new things and experiment a little, but this album really leaves the listener scratching their head.
Rebecca Lanier
After a week of listening to this record I love it.
Scott Beaton

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Beers on August 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Soulive has wandered down a completely new and exciting path. The addition of vocals and carefully sculpted and structured songs is a major change from the deep and dirty funk these guys once brought to their live shows. But their talent and song writing ability shine through brilliantly. Rather than focusing on individual merits through solos this album shows the bands ability to blend with one another and to put out consistent modern soul music that still manages to stay true to both the roots of the band and the origins of soul music itself. There are a number of Standout tracks such as "Waterfall" "One of Those Days" and the openly sweet and sexy album closer "Kim" (Written and sung by the group's drummer Alan Evans). This record is going to be a shock for longtime Soulive fans who expect the usual funk from the group but those fans who are open to new musical experiences will find that the talent and energy that have become a hallmark of Soulive are present throughout. Pick this one up, lay back poor some wine and dig.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SanchoVilla on August 2, 2007
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OK. Looks like I'm going to have to come to bat for the best band of all time. I have big beef with Amazon's review of this album. 1st of all, throughout the years Soulive's staple has always been their ability to change their sound yet retain their local fan base. Many fans have their preference. Some loved the oldschool trio material,others loved the sound that came about when horns were added and now they have a full time vocalist named Tousaint who in my humble opinion fits the trio like Willie Mays' glove. For the last couple of years they've been experimenting with sit-in vocalist. Artists like Chaka Khan,Ivan Neville,Reggie Watts,Goapele and one night for some super-lucky people in Los Angeles....Stevie Wonder jumped on stage to jamm a few precious minutes. For those that are new to Soulive I'll admit that this album might not come out and bite you right away but as any long-time fan would tell you....it is a COMPLETELY different experience to hear them live. Neal Evans' organ/clavi/bass chops,Eric Krasno's guitar rifts and Alan Evans' tight pocket drumming are still killn'. I can absolutely garuntee that after you hear the new material live you'll be listening to this album over and over again.The sound is different no doubt but this is hands down their most complete album from top to bottom. Head to Soulive.com and check their tour schedule to see if they're shaking the walls at a club near you. Peace!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edward on August 9, 2007
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The best thing about Soulive has always been their combination of jazz with funk, hip hop, and soul. I've never heard anything quite like it, because nobody really does it. That is not what this album is. If you want to hear a "real" Soulive album, get Turn It Out or Soulive, or go on Archive.org and download some shows (completely legal - Soulive supports show trading). I appreciate that they are taking a new road, exploring musical possibilities as it were, but I miss the old Soulive. This CD lacks the kind of groove that made me fall in love with the band, lacks solos almost completely, and as Gracenote (iTunes CD database) categorized it (quite accurately), is pop.

This won't turn me off from seeing them live again; I'll be the first one in line, but I don't feel this album displays what makes Soulive special. The reason I didn't give this 1 star is because I am a fan of the band, and I understand that they're just exploring, but please, please don't think this is what Soulive is all about.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By First Flight on August 9, 2007
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I'm tired of all these jamband fans coming up here and ripping Soulive for branching out and trying something different. I've been a fan since Doin' Something and I think this album is great. I listen to it every day and I've also seen them perform live with the new material twice and it's even better live. As mentioned before Toussant is the first singer that can match his voice with Soulive's sound. For those that have seen the new material live Neil, Eric, and Alan still have solos where the jam out so you're able to see their unbelievable musicianship. This album is going to get Soulive to the masses mark my word and for those that don't like it move on to something else.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brice W. Payne on August 24, 2007
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So, Soulive fans get steamed when reviewers don't like this cd because they are comparing it to either live shows, old studio work or preconceived expectations. How about this review then: IT'S BORING!
From beginning to end the album takes me nowhere. I don't listen to music to be bored. I listen to be moved, and when this new effort is finally over... I didn't go anywhere.
The best thing about 'No Place Like Soul' is the name.
For me, it's not the fact that there is now a full time vocals, it's not even the sound of his voice, it's the uninteresting/watered down song writing and composition. I'll listen to just about anything as long as the songs are well written and well played.
This seems to me to be a phoned in effort by the brothers when it came to constructing some tunes.
Terribly unfortunate!
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By leario on August 8, 2007
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I'm one of the newer fans to Soulive. Saw them at a concert a few months ago and was hooked. Didn't even realize Toussant wasn't an original member until I started to look for their past albums. I got turned onto the band from their new sound, and bought past albums and liked the uptempo funk/jazz sound also. Bands should always try to improve and experiment with their sound. As they progress, music in general progresses. The best bands make music b/c they love to play; not necessarily to sell as many records as possible (like all those 'pop' stars out there). Anyways, my favourites on this album are definitely 'Mary', 'Callin', and 'One of those Days'. I will admit, the instrumentals on this album are nowhere near as good as the ones on the past albums(Turn it Out, Doin Somethin, and Soulive are the best). The bands sound now definitely matches its name and I hope they make more albums like this. Vocals intermixed with instrumentals. Great job guys.
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