The Blackbyrds


September, 1977


If you had to own only one album by The Blackbyrds, Action should be it. All the elements came together for the Donald Byrd protégés on this scintillating certified gold album, which originally was issued in fall 1977. The sinewy Top 20 R&B hit "Supernatural Feeling" has bits of wisdom implanted in between its poppin' funk grooves. The enticing "Soft And Easy" slid into the R&B Top 20 with an ease that's equal to the gentle spoken seduction that is woven throughout this make out classic.

- Ed Hogan




September 28, 2004

Alternative/Indie Rock

Celebrating its fifteenth birthday in 2019, this sophomore LP from the too-cool-for-school New Yorkers aimed to be bigger than their landmark debut, but will always be relegated to the second-place sibling position, no matter how tall it stands on its own. Both thrilling and heartbreaking, Antics amplified everything on TOTBL to blockbuster rockstar proportions, resulting in catalog standouts like "Take You On A Cruise" and "Narc."

- Neil Z. Yeung