By: Kyle Kreig
Artist: The Meters
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Here’s the deal-
A plethora of awesome stuff has come out of the city of New Orleans since it was established as a French colony in 1718: delicious food, parades with sparkly costumes and music. However, the city has also experienced its fair share of hardships. It was ravaged by war in the 1800’s, witnessed the ugliness of segregation in the 1900’s and was completely wiped out by the devastating Hurricane Katrina in the 2000s.
These events helped breathe life into the city’s music scene and gave New Orleans the sound it so well deserved. This sound I speak of can be heard in any track recorded by one of New Orleans’s greatest funk bands, The Meters.
The Meters fifth album, Rejuvenation is without a doubt the culmination of their illustrious, funk-filled career. The bass lines laid down by George Porter Jr. make you want to dance, the organ riffs from Art Neville add a smooth, funky energy and the drum grooves. WOW! Those drum grooves from Ziggy Modeliste give this album more flavor than a bowl of spicy shrimp gumbo.
I may be partial by saying this because I’m a drummer myself, but Modeliste’s work on this album is essential listening for anyone that either aspires to become a drummer or simply appreciates the work of a phenomenal one. While listening you’ll find yourself asking, “How the heck did he make that work?”. The amount of nuances and accents this guy can fit into one measure of drumming still blows my mind, no matter how many times I listen.
Music that makes you want to move is a great thing, this is obvious. But music that makes you want to move while conveying a message is some next level sh*t. The track “People Say” is a song about fighting the power before fighting the the power was cool. The lyrics are well written, the music has just the right amount of bounce and as always The Meters use “space” impeccably well to establish the signature groove that they have trademarked as their own.
If you can find a first pressing of this beautiful piece of audio art do yourself a favor and pick it up! When listening check out some of my personal favorites such as People Say, Jungle Man and Hey Pocky A-Way which is a great track that sticks to New Orleans jazz roots.
Now get out there and LISTEN!
*Funky Fun Facts: “Just Kissed My Baby” was sampled by Public Enemy on the track Timebomb. It was also featured in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV.