The House Jacks

Naked Funk

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The first House Jacks album to be nationally distributed in the U.S., Naked Funk culls its selections from the group's two independent albums, Funkwich and Naked Noise. The only instrumentation supporting the quintet's voices is a drum machine, and their flawless harmonies (as well as the squeaky-clean production) are smooth and well-polished. That feel can sometimes make the more R&B-influenced cuts seem a little awkward and overly mannered, but it serves the poppier numbers well. Naked Funk is something of a mixed bag, but there's plenty of potential here.

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