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Five Fingers of Funk
About Time (Ho-Made Records)

By: Chad Roskelley

Not being the largest fan of rap or hip-hop, I originally thought it would be hard to write a review of a hip-hop/funk album. But two tracks into the CD I was instantly hooked. ABOUT TIME is their sophmore release on Ho-Made Records, and is far from a let down. Five Fingers of Funk and their label both dwell in sunny Portland, Oregon. The bands vocalist (Pete Miser) delivers phat rhymes in a magically lyrical way. Pete Miser's vocals come accross in a manner that causes you to mellow rather than rush to eject the CD. These vocals are also accompanied by a sweet horn section which definatley helps bring out the flavor of the music. This also brings out a lot of the funk, along with the bass. All this tossed in a blender with keyboards, drums, and smooth turntables brought to you by D.J. Chill Blend delivers the sound of F3.

I guess that's enough ranting and raving, so now I'll break down the CD for you. This is the experience I gathered from listening to the whole thing. Tracks 1-4 instantly grab your attention and keep you listening, bopping your head until your neck hurts. By the time track five starts, eighteen minutes have already elapsed, so naturally you take a break and fall asleep a bit until track 8. Track 8 ("Fade Away") kicks in with funky bass and killer horns. One might find bass and horns as a rude awakening, but it instantly slips you back into the F3 trance. Track 10 ("Nothing But The Dog In Me") brings out the candle lit mood in Pete Miser. This song must be for the ladies. Definately the track to flip on with the mood lighting and the champagne. Tracks 11-14 wrap up the album with the same funk and style that got you hooked in the first place. On a scale from 1-10 I give it two thumbs up. So in conclusion, go by the album, now.

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