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There's something missing -- be it passion, originality or some indefinable spark of genius -- the want of which renders their music simultaneously studied and bland. As we consider Soul Mosaic the thought looms inescapably that Greyboy, for all his talent and descriminaiton, has become immensely boring. His debut, 's Freestylin' , remains Ubiquity's's best-selling release and can also be considered a useful keystone for the label's ethos. Quietly confident, Freestylin' helped to define the concept of acid jazz, pulling inspiration from the worlds of hip-hop and house while simultaneously hewing to a refreshingly orthodox conception of pre-fusion jazz idiom.
But acid jazz became very successful in the ensuing years, and the man called Greyboy chose to walk away from the genre's commercial excesses and dedicate himself to reforging his signature sound.
Soul Mosaic is a tribute, of sorts, to the funk and soul sounds of the early s as seen through the prism of s hip-hop. But it's a bloodless tribute, a funk album without any funk and a soul album without any soul. The music's surface attributes are accurately represented, but the motivating id is totally absent. In making an exhaustive study of the music that inspires him, Greyboy has succeeded in sapping the interest from his own music.
This problem is perfectly illustrated by the album's opening track, a cover of Cymande's classic "Genevieve", a track that also opened the Rewind 3 compilation. Whatever charms the original may have had are here totally unrepresented.
Bart Davenport's cloying falsetto only reminds the listener of Al Green, who did pretty much the same thing only a lot better. The song just sounds naked , and not in an intense Cat Power way. It's almost as if Greyboy is afraid to let loose, to really enjoy himself -- because this track sounds about as fun as a Chemistry midterm. While this song has a much better bassline than "Genevieve", there's still something remarkably bloodless at work here. There are small flourishes of funky guitar and Hammond organ, but there's nothing to quicken the pulse of even the most calcified funkster.
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