Saturday, December 14, 2013
Nile Rodgers - Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove
Side one opens with “The Land of the Good Groove”, the album’s first single. First, we get the ricocheting percussion rhythms, followed by the addition of Rodgers’ vocals and guitar.
The second single was “Yum-Yum”, a pulse-pounding dance jam about getting some action. If this one did not get a ton of airplay, I am guessing it was because of the chorus lines. Compared to some today’s music, its slang usage is mild indeed. I found it to be a fun, non-threatening number.
With its odd spelling, “Beet” is very much about an irresistible music rhythm enjoyed by people in all lifestyles.
“Get Her Crazy” was the B-side to the second single. This dance floor chant all about exciting someone on a purely primal, erotic level.
Side two starts with “It’s All In Your Hands” which centers on surrendering to another completely, physically and emotionally.
“Rock Bottom” takes on a bit more a rocking edge to it while it portrays what comes after hitting an all-time low point.
Things slow down a bit with “My Love Song For You”, the only ballad in the bunch. Sarah Dash joins Rodgers on this romantic duet.
“Most Down”, the B-side to the first single, closes the record. It has a very slinky rhythm to it that implies a slightly discomforting familiarity. I like the catchy, cascading percussion on this one.
While Nile Rodgers himself was not completely satisfied with the record (as noted in his autobiography), a number of reviewers and industry folks (including David Bowie) praised it. This was my first listen to Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove, and I have to side with those who had good things to say about it. I really liked this record a lot and instantly downloaded it for my music library.