By Celeste Meiffren
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, August 26, 2004
G. Love - The Hustle
9 out of 10 stars
Sounds Like: Music to play while having blended drinks with little umbrellas
See Also: Jack Johnson, Jamiroquai, Special Sauce, Ben Harper
This is a good album, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you.
The album starts with its weakest, yet still likeable, song, "Astronaut." Then the songs begin to build momentum, each getting progressively funkier and more sexual in nature.
By the fourth song, "Booty Call," you will realize that the music is fabulous and you are very attracted to G. Love. It won't matter who you are or how you live your life. You will want G. Lovin'.
The Hustle continues to build momentum, getting better and better, and in a lot of ways, peaks with its eighth song, "Loving Me." This song sounds like a classic Bob Dylan tune, but is sung with a voice like butter. What could be better?
From this point, it starts again, building and building. From "Waiting" through "Two Birds," G. Love will construct the funk with songs even the most timid person can't help but dance to.
The second half of the album climaxes on the penultimate song, "Stone Me." If "Stone Me" is the climax, then the last song, "Sunshine" is the mandatory cuddling afterward. It's a nice, mellow way to end a great album.
G. Love is quite talented. The Hustle could be played at a party, by the pool or in the car, or used as background music. Anywhere you play him, people will be overcome with the need to have some G. Lovin'. And that's okay.