Posted by: jdantos | October 17, 2012

Track of the Night: Compared to What, by John Legend & The Roots

Energetic and funk so thick that you can’t help but bob your head. Persistent high-hat cymbals, and a stringy thin guitar. John Legend’s warbly and soulful vocals pair well with the straight funk groove from the Roots. The bass line on this one is nearly as complex as the tapping horns. This one has the feel of an acid jazz tunes from the era of Marvin Gaye or the Funky Meters, but with a modern accessibility.

By the way, anyone who attended the Rally to Restore Sanity can attest to the fact that the Roots are an insanely good backing band – able to adapt themselves flawlessly to nearly any style and artist, and sound good doing it. On that memorable day on the Mall in Washington DC, the Roots stayed on stage for hours, backing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Cat Stevens.  Like that day, this track doesn’t fall short.

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