Thursday, 7 July 2011

Chocolate Milk - Actions Speak Louder Than Words (1975)

Chocolate Milk formed in 1974, shortly after Kool & The Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire hit the big time. The band soon moved to New Orleans to replace The Meters as Allen Toussaint's studio and live backing band. The group is best known for this, their debut album, though they would release seven more increasingly discofied albums before breaking up in 1983. "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" is a gem of an album, with tight, funky rhythms overlaid with spacey, jazzy electrics. Although not overtly political, there are messages in many of the tracks. The title cut - a slow funk classic - has been sampled by numerous hip hop artists, including Eric B. & Rakim and Stetsasonic. "Time Machine" - another slow groover - is still a favourite, while "Pretty Pimpin' Willie," "Ain't Nothin' But A Thing" and "My Mind Is Hazy" are all strong efforts.

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