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    G. Love:

    The Hustle

    Mon, 23 Aug 2004 14:58:38

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    Album Reviews: The Hustle by G. Love

    3.5 stars out of 5

    It's hard to believe that bands like The White Stripes and The Black Keys have just now exploded the standard rock band convention for good, allowing spare outfits fronting only a guitar and drum kit and maybe a bass equal time in the popcult spotlight. Because skeleton acts like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and G. Love and Special Sauce have been around for years rocking the mike, and they haven't needed color-coded outfits to garner headlines. And it's nice to know that, even with the popularity of the Stripes and the Keys, G. Love still stands heads above the rest when it comes to silky, front-porch blues hoedowns that so quickly can turn into white-hop classics.

    The Hustle catches G. Love at his most diverse. Whether he's keeping it mellow on downtempo fingerpickers like "Two Birds" and "Sunshine," or bringing the patented Sauce funk on stomps like "Booty Call" and "Astronaut," Love's spare swamp rock is still a hoot. Whenever the neo-garage set is ready for Love, he's still "waiting for [them] to come around," as he sings. Here's hoping he won't be waiting long. - Scott Thill, Morphizm.com

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