It didn’t come as a surprise to me that our Funk album is not one of my favourites. I am never keen on long stints of improvisation, and Funk is a genre that uses a lot of improvisation and repetition to create a groove. Sex Machine by James Brown is also a live album (sort of); live music is brilliant, but listening to it in your living room is not, and I prefer a cleaner studio sound for general listening.
Having said that, there are some great moments on Sex Machine. I did get bored during a lot of the long, repetitive tracks, but there are some fantastic grooves hidden in there. James Brown’s impassioned voice interacts brilliantly with his band, who work together really well to build a dynamic sound. The climax of tracks like Please, Please, Please showcase Funk’s fabulously danceable groove, and I would have enjoyed the album more if I hadn’t had to sit through such monotonous intervals to find these gems.