Brand New Heavies - Get Used to It (2006)

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The last 2-3 years have brought a reemergence of quality adult soul music, but the renaissance of danceable funk has been much slower and more sporadic.  So it is a special treat that in consecutive months we've received great new discs from Unified Tribe and, now, the Brand New Heavies.  Groups like the Heavies and Soul II Soul made quite a stir fifteen years ago with their brand of funky acid jazz and soul, and their absence has been greatly felt by lovers of danceable adult music.  Well, Get Used to It picks up where the best Heavies music left off a decade ago.  The groove is consistent and engaging throughout the disc, and N'Dea Davenport's bright vocals are simply exceptional.  The immediate highlight is a wonderful, upbeat remake of Stevie Wonder's "I Don't Know Why I Love You," but the rest of the disc is consistently strong, with funky cuts like "We've Got" and the title cut as well as straight up dance tracks such as "All Fired Up" and "Let's Do I

The last 2-3 years have brought a reemergence of quality adult soul music, but the renaissance of danceable funk has been much slower and more sporadic.  So it is a special treat that in consecutive months we've received great new discs from Unified Tribe and, now, the Brand New Heavies.  Groups like the Heavies and Soul II Soul made quite a stir fifteen years ago with their brand of funky acid jazz and soul, and their absence has been greatly felt by lovers of danceable adult music.  Well, Get Used to It picks up where the best Heavies music left off a decade ago.  The groove is consistent and engaging throughout the disc, and N'Dea Davenport's bright vocals are simply exceptional.  The immediate highlight is a wonderful, upbeat remake of Stevie Wonder's "I Don't Know Why I Love You," but the rest of the disc is consistently strong, with funky cuts like "We've Got" and the title cut as well as straight up dance tracks such as "All Fired Up" and "Let's Do It Again" and smooth grooves like "Love Is."  Their reunion may have occurred only recently, but the Brand New Heavies sound like they never stopped playing together.  And Get Used To It should be an absolute pleasure for their fans and for lovers of danceable soul music everywhere.  Recommended.

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