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ALBUM REVIEW | FUNK-SOUL

Galactic, ‘Into the Deep’

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New Orleans party band Galactic has hit on a smart formula by releasing albums that showcase multiple vocalists spanning numerous genres, with jammy instrumentals providing extra sauce. Its newest dish of sophisticated gumbo features Macy Gray on the title track, JJ Grey of Mofro on the Neville Brothers-like “Higher and Higher,” and the sassy Ms. Charm Taylor on the Amy Winehouse-style “Right On.” The legendary Mavis Staples brings a soulful Stax/Volt feel to the breakup song “Does It Really Make a Difference,” and Boston’s own Ryan Mont-bleau stars on the funky “Domino” (not the Van Morrison song). Galactic backs each act with professional, jazz-influenced ease and, on some songs, a hedonistic, dance-rock pulse a la Prince, all the while keeping its Mardi Gras flavor. The instrumentals are mostly solid as well, from the organ riffs that spice “Long Live the Borgne” to the brass-band ambience of “Sugar Doosie.” Only “Buck 77” doesn’t work, hampered by a self-indulgent jam; otherwise this is an adult party record with a lot to recommend it. (Out Friday)

STEVE MORSE

Essential “Domino”

spmorse@gmail.com
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