Big Advice

Love Shines

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Big Advice emulates the classic 1970s funk sound of bands like Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power, and on their debut album, Love Shines, members Ahaguna G. Sun, Juan Nelson, and Werner Schuchner attempt to move that sound into the new millennium. When they succeed, like on the fiery lead track "Hearts on Fire" and "You Know Who U R," which burns along on the back of a huge, dirty, and undeniably funky bassline, the possibilities for this band seem endless. What fails them half the time here is the writing, which frequently moves into cliché territory, particularly on the ballads. Neo-soul attempts like "You R tha One 4 Me" and "Our Love" fail to really resonate, while the heavy-handed "U.S.A.," although obviously well intended, simply goes nowhere. "The Water," on the other hand, is a delight as it slowly unfolds and reveals itself, showing that these guys do know how to make a ballad work when the writing is there. A supergroup of sorts, Big Advice has tremendous potential, but Love Shines only takes them halfway there.

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