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Dissident Review

by Rick Anderson

As a rule, it's a bad idea for a band to have more than one bass player. Three bass players, under normal circumstances, would be completely out of the question. But when the three are Bill Laswell, Jonas Hellborg and Bootsy Collins, well...at least you need to give a listen. And in this case, the sound of common sense being thrown out the window has never been so sweet. Aiding and abetting our three bass-playing overachievers on this album are keyboardists Jens Johanssen and Bernie Worrell, percussionist Aib Dieng and guitarist Nicky Skopelitis, most of whom have worked together on other projects and all of whom share a penchant for the funkily experimental. Not surprisingly, bass is the dominant voice here: Laswell's is deep and funky, Hellborg's is virtuosic and mystical, and Bootsy's, no surprise, is just plain weird. And funky. The band explores all kinds of interesting musical terrain, from the dark, industrial angst of "World Disorder" to the murmuring electronic jungle of "Who's Who." This is lots of fun, though those unfamiliar with the work of Laswell, Hellborg and Collins in other areas may be a bit mystified at first.

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