Review Revue: Arrested Development – 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of…

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Here are some things we could use more of here in Review Revue: hip-hop music, positivity, and music that came out when I was in high school. Ding! Arrested Development (that’s the band, not the hilarious, cruelly canceled TV show) to the rescue! And of course, our hero Riz is here to start things off:

“This is my new fave band of ’92 (so far). Reminiscent of The Daisy Peoples. [?] They’ve employed some of the best use of sampling I’ve heard. (Junior Wells and Buddy Guy #2, Sly Stone #3, Minnie Ripperton & Bob Dylan.) It’s hummable, danceable, and I jest likes it. #2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 14 (Tennessee has been in the singles bin for a couple weeks), but I like all of this and hope you do too.”

“Beautiful, meaningful, butt-moving, & I’m healed. P.S. Read the lyrics if you get a chance. They just might heal you, too.”

“I agree with Riz. Intelligent, melodic, and very original pop-rap. A real Sly & the Family Stone vibe permeates this entire release (esp. their happiest tunes such as ‘Everyday People’ and ‘Hot Fun in the Summertime.’) Proof that rap can be nice and positive without wimping out.”

“#3 for example.”

“Lyrics hit hard, funk sweetens it up. My favorite new group!”

As we’ve seen before, sometimes CDs just don’t have enough room on the front for the whole discussion. There was too much love for Arrested Development to be contained in one 5″ x 5″ square:

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“#2 – Blues-rap fusion! #5 is sooo fine (music & lyrics) (mult rock sound) [??] #8 kicks. #9 funks! #14 smooth. Great CD thru & thru.”

Damn! Makes me wanna listen to that CD again. Write your KEXP DJ and request Arrested Development today!

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3 Comments

  1. Posted March 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    The daisy people is: De La Soul (Daisy age)…
    peace.

  2. Posted March 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Ah-ha! Thanks for the clarification.

  3. Posted March 8, 2008 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Thanks for taking me back with this review. Arrested Development was a innovative band during thier time and just the fact that “People Everyday” reminded people of Sly and the Family Stone made them noteworty. I talk about Sly’s influence on Arrested Development and hip hip in my book about Sly. Check it out. http://www.lulu.com/content/1412956

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