album of two halves for me -
A side - bass guitar is ON
B side - bass guitar is gone
seriously, that is some roiling playing. especially teach me a new language - can’t find the bassists name anywhere, any idea?
so yeah for the first 7 tracks or so i was well into it. always been more into the meters’ lineage of funk than pfunk stuff and the band really know what they’re doing.
he does some interesting stuff with it too - heard a lot of unexpected references to alt rock/white music after a few listens: she stays with me sounds like a tip to fugazi!? maybe; bit of talk talk on another track i can’t remember; pedestal really sounds like a radiohead song to me - would be genuinely surprised if that one wasn’t intentional - the bass is uncanny for colin greenwood.
was grasping about in that last post for what the production reminds me of and it might be in rainbows, thinking about it. dunno. will have to listen to it again. sounds great anyway.
then we hit a logjam of ballads on the b side, not like they’re bad tracks in isolation (if i wanna dance with you is a highlight) but the sequencing just makes it feel like a long tail-off to me. rub my feet is a goodun.
thought headroom was fighting it out with puddin’ as the worst song on the record fwiw - is he referencing how much he cribbed the melody from that adele song in the lyrics?
good shout anyway, like you said - flawed but very interesting. will listen to that bilal record some time soon.