Weapon of Choice

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Highperspice Review

by Greg Prato

On the debut album by Weapon of Choice, 1994's Nut-Meg Sez "Bozo the Town", it was pretty clear from the get-go who their main influence was -- Parliament. But by the time of their sophomore effort, 1996's Highperspice, Lonnie Marshall and his funk gang were prepared to draw upon a wider variety of influences. While the epic title track is a bit of a throwback to Nut-Meg Sez, elsewhere, it's a slightly different story -- "Just Cuz She Was Nice" is ska based, "Dumb Machine" brings to mind Fishbone, while the Frank Zappa-esque titled "Leprechauns & Silly Things" is a smooth funk workout. Weapon of Choice specialize in an updated form of funk they like to refer to as "nutmeg," and on Highperspice, their sound and approach truly started coming into their own.

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