Hefty slices of funk-fuelled Hammond and incessant, floor-filling drums make up much of this second album from Big Boss Man. Name ring no bells? Fair enough - it didn’t with me either. To summarise: this trio have provided music for use in a BAFTA-winning film and remixed Paul Weller in their time. They’ve contributed to an Xfm charity compilation and seem to be pretty popular on the continent (heck, they have a song called ‘Tu As Gache Mon Talent Ma Cherie’). So far, so good.
But that’s where it stops - this swinging 60s-styled offering is purely one dimensional, so much so that recommending it passionately would be, well, a sin in the eyes of some. It is good, i.e. well executed, but nothing more. If you like your music laid back, unhurried and easy to play on nothing more than bongos and an organ then Big Boss Man are worth your time and attention. To others, they’ll sound like little more than the soundtrack to another Starsky and Hutch remake, or at least some as-yet nonexistent car commercial. Speaking of which: think Bentley Rhythm Ace, strip away the attention deficit disorder characteristics and the biggest beats and you have a rough idea of what the instrumental songs here, such as ‘Oh My Gawd’ (awful titles are in abundance), sound like.
Fun, then, but with all the depth of the kiddie pool’s shallow end and the nutritional value of candyfloss.
5Mike Diver's Score