Music for Life
First Appeared in The Music Box, December 2004, Volume 11, #12
Written by John Metzger
With eight instrumental tracks that are stretched to a length of more than an hour, thereís no question that there are a few meandering moments on Music for Life, The Motetís second outing for Harmonized Records. Yet, the ensembleís organic melding of jazz, funk, and world rhythms is so delightfully perky that itís impossible not to be captivated by the hypnotic swirl of its sun-drenched refrains. The ill-titled opening track Cheap Shit is splattered with heavy organ, groovy guitar, and popping percussion, virtually crying out for Steve Winwoodís R&B-inflected vocals, while Power plays to the whirling Santana-esque pulsations from which The Motet draws tremendous influence. Elsewhere, Black Hat and The Magic Way tap into Steely Danís stylish sophistication, and even lesser tunes such as the bobbing beat of Fearless and the Lee Ritenour-inspired Corpocratic manage to stay afloat, thanks, in part, to the collectiveís exuberant delivery. Although, thereís a "been there, done that" sense of redundancy that creeps into Music for Life at its midpoint, The Motetís jazz-fusion indulgences are still remarkably moving, bristling with inspiration at every turn and crackling with the type of energy upon which the bandís peers only can gaze with envy.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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