The Heavy â€“ Great Vengeance and Furious Fire / 2008 Counter / 10 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/theheavy73 /
The style of funk that starts off â€œGreat Vengeance and Furious Fireâ€ could be present on the soundtrack of any Blaxploitation movie of the seventies. There is virtually nothing that could conceivably link this track to the current period, and thatâ€™s a good thing. While acts like Jameroquoi tried to do the same general type of think in the late nineties, The Heavy are able to make a compelling and intense style hit listeners from the opening note of â€œGreat Vengeanceâ€.
The second track has a hell of a big set of shoes to fill, and â€œColeenâ€ is a track that continues the same type of sound first laid out by the band during â€œThat Kind of Manâ€. While Gnarls Barkley had cornered the current funk / indie-cred type of sound in the last few years, it may just be The Heavy that takes their crown from them in 2008. â€œColeenâ€ is a rare example of a track that has a number of instruments and sounds go completely balls-out (in this case, the vocals and percussion) without clogging up the track in the slightest. â€œSet Me Freeâ€ marks the third track on the disc, and shows The Heavy as approaching the creative process in a way that was significantly different than what ultimately resulting during â€œThat Kind Of Manâ€ or â€œColeenâ€. The slower tempo of â€œSet Me Freeâ€ may be miles away from what the band previously did, but it opens up the possibilities for The Heavy during the later tracks of â€œGreat Vengeanceâ€.
As always, the track could easily make it to rotation as a classic track without too much complaint, and one best bet that they will be on alternative stationsâ€™ rotations in the months to come. A fuzzy ode to classic rock is the style du jour during â€œYou Donâ€™t Knowâ€. This track is different from other tracks in that it shows off the instrumental capacity of The Heavy â€“ the act can create catchy traditional songs, but they can drop out the vocals and really make a compelling instrumental-heavy track too. Without anything in the way of obvious weakness to be found on â€œGreat Vengeance and Furious Fireâ€, listeners to The Heavy can ride their wake all the way to the ending of â€œWho Needs The Sunshine?â€. Keep the act in your sights; they will be the next big thing in all of the hip circles.
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