"The Prize" is a groovin' piece from start to finish. With a relentless beat and straight ahead vocals, the band cuts loose with a generous dose of improvisation. MacLean's sax is rich and full bodied. Hultqvist offers up clean, pulsating vocals with an effective call and response that segues nicely into MacLean's return on sax.
A tricky drum pattern ushers in O'Kane's hot trumpet on "The Power Narcotic." It doesn't take long for the band to start cooking. Nice ensemble work throughout, all the while maintaining a hypnotic afro-beat.
"The Contender" continues to satisfy, with punchy melodies and skilled performances from the band. Dyte takes a few choruses, improvising along the way with feeling and power.
Mr. Something Something is a recording loaded with spirit, welcomed exuberance, and rhythmic muscle. Everyone is having a great time playing music that lifts the spirit and gets the body moving. A careful blend of inspired vocals and instrumental punch make each piece a gem in and of itself. A solid first effort.