Sunday, March 20, 2011

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information

Probably the best album I've come across in the past few months, Inspiration Information is a damn-near flawless psychedelic soul album. However, it's much more than simply psychedelic soul. Otis melds together funk, r&b, soul, jazz, and psychedelic pop together effortlessly, and the results are fantastic. The instrumentation is immaculate as Otis shows off his multi-instrumental talents, and his songwriting is definitely up there with soul greats like Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield. Songs like "Strawberry Letter 23," "Aht Uh Mi Hed," and the title track display his prowess in crafting intelligent, catchy pop tunes with lush instrumentation while the album is peppered with relaxed instrumental compositions like "Rainy Day" and "Pling!" So kick back and chill to sum Shug.


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