Bustin' Out All Over

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"Pulsed" is the word that comes to mind with Flunky. With one of the most eye-catching covers in recorded history (certainly more so than the self-titled Metallica album) and one of the cutest horn-sections ever seen, this gargantuan band has an even larger sound. From the can't sit down opener "Mother and Child" and the begging for air-bass "Fair Weather Freak" to heart-rendering wailing guitar work of "My Blood," the slightly house clap-along "Soul Felony," and the dippy squealer "Bunny Man," this album grabs hold of your funk-starved soul and refuses to let go. Formidable frontwoman Joanie Pimentel-Flynn has one of the best set of pipes this side of Aretha Franklin and uses every ounce of her body and soul to pull in and reach out to every listener. As for the rest of the band, their dual-percussion/deep bass rhythm section sticks to the ears and ribs and the horn section is truly hot.