- Audio CD (February 24, 2017)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Brainfeeder
- ASIN: B01N5P6ZYO
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Stephen Bruner, bka as Thundercat returns with his follow up to 2015s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam . The latest album titled Drunk is released on Flying Lotus Brainfeeder label and features production from Flying Lotus himself. After attaining national attention following his Grammy award winning collaborations on Kendrick Lamar s To Pimp A Butterfly , Bruner delivers arguably his most ambitious work to date. Vocal features include Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell. In addition to Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat has worked with a wide range of artists including Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, Bilal, Suicidal Tendencies, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin and more making him one of the most in demand musicians of our time.
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The rhythmic,layered keyboard and falsetto vocal style (with lots of synth bass textures) permeates much of the album at different tempo levels. "Rabbot Ho","Inferno" and "The Turn Down" represent the sound at his most slow and atmospheric. "Captain Stupido","A Fan's Mail (Tron Song Suite)","Day & Night","Jethro","I Am Crazy" and the title track represent it at its most uptempo. There are some drum n bass like numbers in "Lava's Lamp","Tokyo" and "Where I'm Going". "Friend Zone","Blackk" and "Them Changes" both throw down some hardcore P-Funk grooves while "Uh Uh" exercises the bassists most flamboyant fusion jazz muscles-with its fast rhythms and thumb popping.
"Show You The Way" is the reason I got into this album-a medium tempo pop fusion/funk,processed keyboard based duet with Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. "Bus On The Streets" doesn't feature either of them,but maintains a late 70's Doobie Brothers style melody."Jameel's Space Ride" is a heavily digitized Afro Futurist electro dance/rock delight. There are two hip hop based numbers here too in "Walk On By" with Kendrick Lemar,which is in tune with Thundercat's sound. "Drink Dat" with Wiz Khalifa is my least favorite song here. It has a by the numbers rhythm and melody. And Khalifa's "420 rap" lyrics come across as pretty juvenile. "The Turn Down" with Pharrell Williams is a trap style number that's marginally stronger.
With 23 tracks,many snippets under 2 minutes long,this album actually has very few uneven moments. Some nu funk/soul/jazz artists are able to blend in contemporary musical elements in a way that suits the eclectic desires of most modern musicians. Other times,the musical ability of the artists involved meshes somewhat poorly with simpler modern elements. The latter represents what I feel about Thundercat. When he's funky,jazzy and/or his frequent collaborator Flying Lotus is aboard,Thundercat is the absolute king of electric funk bass for the 2010's. When he is looking to sound at all "new",his sound almost totally sags at times. He's a musician who,as Miles Davis might've said should "be musical about things". And happily he is totally "musical" on the majority of this album.
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