For example, dig the classic funk guitar and B-3 sound that dominates the straight stretches of “Adirondack Tea” – before the tune fishtails into the sharp hairpins and doublebacks where the sax and bass join forces (shadowed by Harvey’s guitar). On one hand the changes are abrupt; on the other, it’s the kind of stuff that The Royal Noise excels at – and, most importantly, the groove reigns supreme throughout it all.
If you’ve ever felt like running for cover during the drum rage of Gov’t Mule’s “Thorazine Shuffle”, then you have a sense of the raw power of “Foster’s Flop”: it’s all stop-and-go fun and games until about the 2:45 mark when the drums and bass put their heads down and dig in. Harvey adds wallop to the beat while LaBombard plays the living guts out of his sax with spiraling lines and mad wails; for the next couple of minutes, it doesn’t seem as if there’s any possible escape except group implosion, yet the quintet manages to bring the beast in eventually for a gentle landing – steamy and sweat-soaked, but safe.
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