Funk Plus the One

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Mutiny continued to emulate Parliament/Funkadelic on their second album, Funk Plus the One; unfortunately, Jerome Brailey's band didn't do it as convincingly this time. While Mutiny's previous release, Mutiny on the Mamaship, was quite focused and inspired -- unoriginal, but definitely inspired -- the grooves aren't as memorable on Funk Plus the One. This isn't to say that Funk Plus the One is a bad album. Unremarkable cuts like "Anti-Disco" and the rock-influenced "Reality" are catchy enough. Also decent is "Semi-First Class Seat," one of the few Mutiny tunes that isn't terribly George Clinton-minded; the song finds the funksters getting into Slave/Steve Arrington/Aurra territory for a change. But while Mutiny on the Mamaship truly burned, this LP merely simmers. Although Mutiny had a small following, Funk Plus the One wasn't the big commercial breakthrough that Brailey was hoping for. Not surprisingly then, Columbia dropped the band after this uneven album.

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