My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
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
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (328/428)
Amount that are new to me: 76%