Fresh off the heels of his We All Have a Plan release in 2004, Slicker (aka John Hughes) joined in collaboration with Spanova's Shin Tasaki for a series of sessions in Hughes' Chicago studios. All My Friends Have to Go is Some Water and Sun's first full-length to use plants and gardening as metaphors; Stevie Wonder beat them to the punch decades ago with Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants. However, the comparisons to plants form on other levels too, as Slicker and Tasaki have crafted a 12-song salad of electronic compositions fueled with R&B, soul-jazz, a shade of quiet storm, and a bit of modern-day microhouse thrown in for good measure. The record moves smoothly and evenly from song to song, including "Watering," which is an ode to a housewife's thoughts of seducing a man watering his plants and could easily be used in the series Desperate Housewives as a subtle music bed. The return of Hefty's house chanteuse, l'Altra frontwoman Lindsay Anderson, is a welcome surprise, and her distinct and sultry voice adds to a musical jambalaya that is already enticing. All My Friends Have to Go is a great follow up for Slicker, who didn't get nearly enough acclaim for his 2004 release We All Have a Plan as he should have, and it's also a wonderful start to what will hopefully be a long lasting partnership.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston