1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

575. One Nation Under a Groove – Funkadelic

Brief Background: One Nation Under a Groove  is the tenth studio album from Funkadelic. The album was recorded in 1977-1978 and released in September of 1978. Included with the album at the time of release was a 17 minute bonus EP.

What I think: I really love that this project has given me a cursory intro to so many genres and funk is certainly one of them. I would have been really ambivalent had I heard this on its own, and while it isn’t the best thing I’ve ever heard, much if it is enjoyable.

I almost have an every other song thing going as far as what I like. The title track is great, the third track, “Who Says a Funk Band Can’t Play Rock?!” is easily my favorite and “Into You” on the second side is pretty solid. Oddly enough it’s the bouncy groove that I like best in “Who Says a Funk…”.

I have some trouble with “Groovealligiance” as I’m not very familiar with the funk lifestyle that’s being spoken of (that’s an odd statement to make, but I guess I’m saying I don’t connect to it), I do really like the instrumental second half of the song though. “Promentalshitbackwashpychsois Enema Squad” is ten minutes of near non-sense and the final song “Cholly” just doesn’t do anything for me.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s a really solid album, if I were better able to connect with it I could see it making an even larger impression.

Rating (Out of 5): 3/5 

Amazon Rating of One Nation Under a Groove:  4.5/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (328/427)

Amount that are new to me: 76%


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