The Budos Band - The Budos Band III

by Rich Morris Rating:7 Release Date:2010-10-11

Beginning with the classic funk fanfare and Incredible Bongo Band-style clatter of 'Rise of the Ancients', The Budos Band sets out to prove that music generally confined to rare groove and 'most sampled' compilations can still shake the listener just as powerfully as it did back in the day. And it succeeds magnificently, not just because of the simple fact that listening to it is so much fun, but because of the musicianship and inventiveness The Budos Band show throughout. From the uneasy voodoo rhythms of 'Black Venom' to the electrifying brass on 'Unbroken, Unshaven', which sounds like the title theme from some recently unearthed spaghetti western-meets-blaxploitation classic, The Budos Band keep finding variations around which to entwine their classic sound.

Appropriately considering it was recorded live within one 48 hour session, The Budos Band III has an air of authentic sweat and desperation emanating from it, giving tracks such as 'Golden Dunes' and 'Raja Haje' an urgency which effortlessly overcomes what could be viewed as the sometimes trad nature of their sound. In fact, far from being comparable to the slavish copy-cat mentality one frequently encounters from upstart indie bands (many of whom seem to labour under the misapprehension that no one else has yet discovered Talking Heads), The Budos Band's sound is bursting with vitality, playfulness and grit. By the time you get to the end of this record, you'll wish more bands had the guts and skill to pull off this sound.

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