Alabama 3

Power in the Blood

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The genre-blending collective A3 compose a slinky rock & roll mix that's both intriguing and difficult to classify. Power in the Blood is their third album and equally complex as their previous efforts; however, A3 don't experiment or musically venture out. The electronic shtick continues to work for them, and Reverend Larry Love's brooding vocals are as sultry as ever, but Power in the Blood refuses to move beyond the band's biggest hit, "Woke Up This Morning." If you're content with A3's swampy dance template of blues and gospel, Power in the Blood delivers. From the sexy title track to the warm-hearted country flair of "Woody Guthrie," A3 are subtle and cool in offering their own political twists. While urging you to "text message your Mama" on the murky stylings of "The Devil Went Down to Ibiza," trance beats are downscaled for this haunting number. Where's the passion? Perhaps A3 are a touch too fashionable and a bit too slick to get passionate. Perhaps finding the funk is their passion, hence the title of this album. [The first 10,000 pressings of Power in the Blood include a bonus disc of six acoustic tracks.]

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