Super California

Funky Green Dogs

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Super California Review

by Jason Birchmeier

The Funky Green Dogs continue inching closer toward the pop market with Super California, their third full-length. As with past albums, Super California boasts a big club anthem, "You Got Me (Burnin' Up)," included here in two versions -- one a brief radio edit, the other a more extensive club-orientated remix. The other songs aren't much of a departure from the single or from past Funky Green Dogs output: euphoric club tracks with lots of cheery vibes and singalong vocals, very much rooted in the Strictly Rhythm tradition. The vocals again come courtesy of diva Tamara Wallace, who sounds as sultry as she looks on the album cover. Wallace dominates much of the music, her vocals and lyrics being much more engaging than the production, courtesy of Oscar Gaetan and Ralph Falcon. These two still produce club-ready house tracks on a par with the best of New York's house scene, but they too often cater to the limitations of pop-friendly house music, afraid to take many risks.

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