Weapon of Choice

Illoominutty

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Issuing their first three records under Stone Gossard's label, Loose Groove (a then-subsidiary of Sony), Weapon of Choice found themselves without a label in the wake of 1998's Nutmeg Phantasy. Down but not out, the funk outfit merely went on its merry way, issuing such subsequent indie releases as 2002's Illoominutty. As with previous efforts, Weapon of Choice are all about retro funk -- not the kind of computer-programmed dance-funk that became en vogue during the early 21st century, but rather the type actually played by human beings on instruments. Weapon of Choice founder/leader Lonnie Marshall supplies one heck of an elasticy bass groove on the album-opening "Nuttwave" and "Wondersound" sounds a bit like Curtis Mayfield (especially due to the use of falsetto vocals), while "Soda Pop" serves as the nonsensical album closer. In a nutshell -- they rarely make funk albums like Illoominutty anymore.

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