Album Review: The Almighty Defenders, "The Almighty Defenders"
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WOAH!! Best thing I've heard all year. The Almighty Defenders is a supergroup of King Khan, The Black Lips and Mark Sultan (as if they all didn't play together anyway). In ten days, they recorded this jangly, lo-fi, whiskey soaked garage soul record. Remin. of Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Northern Soul stompers. This takes the King Khan/Black Lips project to the next level. What No Wave did to funk, this does to soul.
Seriously, play all, no filler. 1+++(walking bass, handclaps), 2++(shalalala), 3+++(ballad), 4++(so good, sam cooke-ish), 5+(ballad), 6+ and 7+(muahaha), 8++ (great cover of a great song), 9+, 10++(vocal riffs [ah-ooh]), 11++ (Screamin Jay, anyone?)
Track 5 is definitely likely to offen most listeners.