ATTENTION...ATTENTION: "Manchester Movement" fans rejoice!
The movement has moved west and has seen reincarnation in the
form of Black Grape (the reverend??? Sorry Su...)!
"Oh come all ye faithful" and hear: Shaun Ryder, former
Happy Mondays frontman now leads Black Grape. The rhythmic and
entrancing sounds of the former Manchester band becomes the aura
of Shaun's current band. With soulful additions by rappers
Kermit and Jed, and guitarist Wags, Black Grape reveals a sound
that propels "It's Great..." to status of one of the 10 best
This album is going to please a lot of people. The danceability
and soulfulness of this album cannot be understated. "Reverend
Black Grape," "In the Name of the Father", and "Yeah Yeah
Brother" help this disc take you by storm. "It's Great..."
pulls you onto the floor and shakes your ass around on pretty
much all tracks. "It's a Big Day in the North" is so entirely
funky, you will seriously melt.
Other cool facts about Black Grape's debut release? Gary
Gannon of the Smiths comes in "to do a bit of guitar". Most
importantly, Bez is still there to provide the vibe. Pick up
this CD. If you ever listened to that Happy M. band, or enjoy
the likes of the Beastie Boys, the Orb, or even James so-and-
so, I think you'll really enjoy Black Grape, yeah.