And as always Blues Explosion stomp on the faux underground oasis peddled by bourgeois hipsters and marketing jocks to deliver the real deal — rock’n’roll that is unapologetically nasty and strong.
Rehearsed and polished in a string of secret gigs and unannounced opening slots in theaters, hotel bars, and dives (often under assumed names), and then recorded at the legendary Daptone House Of Soul in Bushwick and mixed with hip-hop cult legend Alap Momin at the cutting edge of Harlem, Freedom Tower is the most provocative statement of urban pathos and panache ever recorded.
Because if it wasn't already blindingly obvious that the four remaining Spices were more concerned with their solo careers than their collective output, the oddly anonymous cast of Forever provides timely affirmation.
Favouring fashionable R&B producers such as Rodney Jerkins and Jam & Lewis, they've adopted a bland pop-soul style that renders them indistinguishable from dozens of other girl-bands.
Here’s wishing everyone a very happy holiday and a great new year. Freedom Tower is a radical portrait of New York City set to the savage funkacide of the Blues Explosion, locked and loaded with the most deadly, predatory guitar riffs that primitive magnetic tape can handle….