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Sweetnighter-Funky, Funky, Dreamy, and uhhh...Funky!
on December 29, 2001
Sweetnighter is a groove album. It's WR's "party album." 3 stars is a good rating for a "party album." I like all of the material, but I rarely find myself running to hear this album. None of it grabs me like say "Mysterious Traveller", or "Black Market." Those albums had tracks with "the groove" and also tracks that make you think(which sounds cheesy-but i mean it). Some say if you like "Heavy Weather" more than "I Sing The Body Electric" for instance, it's only because you like the melody and accesibility and can't understand complicated unaccesibile jazz. This is not true! I like albums where I can see a balance, and a consistency. No tracks are better than the others. "Sweetnighter" is all good, but some tracks are way better than others. But the truly great tracks show just how brilliant these guys were.
-Boogie Woogie Waltz-12 minutes of a funky waltz? Yes! 12 minutes of a funky waltz! When that Rhodes heats up and the melody kicks in towards the end, your headbobbing will give you whiplash. Kudos to Brother Joe Zawinul.
-Manolete-Shorter writes these beautiful long-winding tunes in his sleep.
-Adios-Part of Zawinul's tone poem series, along with "Badia" and "Milky Way." Toke up dudes!
-125th Street Congress-If "Adios" put you in a dreamy unconsious state, this track wakes you up. IMHO, this is the loudest, most uncomprimising funk Weather Report ever recorded. Excellent.
-Will-"Boogie-Woogie Waltz" was the best of the funky tracks on this album, and this Vitous tune was the best of the "head music"
-Non Stop Home-Not one of Shorter's better compositions, Weather Report hadn't learned how to close an album yet.
This album is fun, enjoyable and that's about it. There's not much to it, but its a 3 star album. It's a GOOD album. Adios!