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Album review: 'The Space'


The Buddhahood
"The Space"

The Buddhahood went through some shifts here and there after its beloved leader, Tony Cavagnaro, passed in 2007, yet it endured. Today the lineup is solid and better than ever, in particular in the horns, which lay down a deep shag and groove on the band's latest recording, "The Space." This is a new and improved and more adventurous Buddhahood, I tell ya. But don't pay me no mind, let the nine chunky tracks on this pleasure platter testify further with each spin.

The album opens with no surprises on the track "Rise," a textbook B-hood treatment of the old one-drop. From there it expands to include some Muscle Shoals shuffle, a little bit-o-Latin love on "Temptress Eyes," and the getup, get down of "Froba," which has that sweatshirt-lurking-at-the-bottom-of-the-hamper funk. There are enough songs on here for those who want it classic in The Buddhahood's established and masterful world beat aesthetic. But there is some branching out in many shiny directions here. It's a new day. It's a new Buddhahood.