Through the Radio Window

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With their long-overdue Boston Music Award for Best Funk Band, Superhoney appeared ready to move on in new, more melodic directions. Though the sweaty grit that always made the flippy funkmeisters so much fun remains, much of Window looks out to higher registers and hookier realms, away from the booty-shakin' groove attacks of earlier efforts. Slamming into the lyrical lessons of "Cool as He Goes," this radio-ready album creeps into the wah-wahed groove of "Fear" before mellowing into the provocative romance of "Ragtime (Talking in Circles)." "Last to Know" seethes with Doug Sherman's angry guitar crunch and "Soul Between" brings what it says, centering the album on an organ-ized jam you can beat your heart to. Thankfully, Superhoney has not given up the funk completely, however. "When It Rains" is a bass-led jam that lets frontwoman Joanie Flynn harmonize with herself and play with her boys, and the animated "Dr. Phatt" is impressive due to its self-made, self-promotional video.

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