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It's the original lineup of The Time - and they sound great,
This review is from: Condensate (Audio CD)
"Condensate" is The Time reunited: the lead vocals of Morris Day, the backing vocals of Jerome Benton, the keyboards of Jimmy Jam, the bass of Terry Lewis, the guitar of Jesse Johnson, the keyboards of Monte Moir, and the drums of Jellybean Johnson.
These guys don't sound like they've been apart for twenty years. Their last album was "Pandemonium" in 1990, which produced the highest-charting single "Jerk Out" - penned and produced by Prince. In fact, Prince had a lot to do with all four Time albums. He basically wrote, produced and played the instruments of the first three. "Pandemonium" was more of a half-and-half split between Prince material and non-Prince tunes.
But with "Condensate" we have all new tunes, mostly written by Jam and Lewis with some participation from various other members depending on the track. "Strawberry Lake" reintroduces their classic Minneapolis sound right off the bat. The title track - with its chorus of "We don't sweat, we condensate" - is funky and funny. "Sick" has a cool funk-rock sound, with great guitar playing by Jesse. "Toast to the Party Girl" is one of the best songs - just a good funk-pop song. "Cadillac" has some classic call-and-response interaction with the band.
It's old school but still feels fresh. There really isn't a bad track on the album. No, there's not another "Jungle Love" or "777-9311" that totally stands out as a classic, but it's a steady album from start to finish. Morris and Jerome play off each other like the old days on the short sketches near the album's beginning. If you like The Time, you'll like the Original 7ven. They're the same band - Prince just didn't allow them to call themselves The Time on this new album.