Review: Lack of Afro – Touch My Soul

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Label: Freestyle Records

Released: March 24, 2008

The cover of Touch My Soul is a take-off on Small Faces’ Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake. The song features Steve Marriott’s voice right out of “Afterglow (of Your Love).” But if you’re expecting Lack of Afro (aka Adam Gibbons) to be much like Small Faces, you’ve got another thing coming. Sure, “Afterglow” was a pretty soulful rock song, but “Touch My Soul” is funky with hot horn and organ parts. It takes some clues from the Manchester dance scene that produced the likes of the Stone Roses, using tribal rhythms with sixties pop hooks. Lack of Afro just turns up the funk. “The Outsider” steps a bit more into the 70s, but still retains that same sense of wild dance fun. If it’s a step down, that’s only because “Touch My Soul” is such a hot track.

Ratings
Satriani: 7/10
Zappa: 7/10
Dylan: 6/10
Aretha: 8/10
Overall: 8/10

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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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