Frank Lenz

The Hot Stuff

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AllMusic Review by Charles Spano

Recorded in three days in April of 2001 at the Fabulous Green Room in Huntington Beach, CA, The Hot Stuff represents the first full-length of all-original material from Frank Lenz. Lenz has worked as a session musician and drummer since he was 13 years old, but unleashes the full, soulful, warm breeze of his songwriting on the world with The Hot Stuff. Soul Train meets American Bandstand on this collection that crosses pop, soul, and R&B and ends up like a funky Air ("Take the Wheel"), Martin Denny in a time of hip-hop ("Electric Light Battleship"), and a decaffeinated Fatboy Slim ("Queen Bee of the Indiots"). From the get up and shake it title track, with its blast of horns and jamming organ, to the laid-back Dr. Dre-esque analog whine on "Freak Train," from the Bacharach pop of "Crime on My Mind" to the spacy conclusion provided by "Everlasting," Lenz manages to bring it together with a style that's always all his own. Put on your big amber-tinted shades and take a ride that's always groovy, mellow, and lost in a world that is part early '70s, part space age bachelor pad.

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