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Same As It Never Was

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Same As It Never Was
On Your Knees
Just Won't Stop
The Next Spot
Can't Help This Feeling
Amores Bongo
Street Karma
You're Not All That
Blackwater Drive
Game Set and Match
Clap Your Hands
Stranded on Earth
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 51:41

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Review 62

Adam Kearney


The Herbaliser, Same As It Never Was
2008 | Label: !K7 Records

This soulful, funktastic collection of grooves takes salty '70s disco and blends it with modern hip-hop cool. Following the format of Take London, their last release, Same As It Never Was includes guest vocalists and studio musicians, making for a sonic 3-ring circus.

Straying from their formerly hip-hop-heavy style, founders Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry have transformed the Herbaliser into an amazing live band, favorites of festivals like Glastonbury in the UK. Jessica Darling adds… read more »

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Best of emusic


I've downloaded hundred of albums from emusic, this is my first review. Get this if you like Funky Hip Hop beats (eg Ohmega Watts) mixed with new school funk (eg Daptone records). A strong listen start to finish. This is in the top 5 albums I've found on this site. Try tracks 2 and 3 if you want a sample before downloading the album. I do agree with the previous review that Street Karma could be skipped.

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Evedently Good


Apart from the boring and cliched 'street karma' which, though structually clever, somewhat spoils the albums flow for me, this album is worthy of purchase. It's probably the groups most focused effort, centering musically on the big horn uptempo funk groove sound. Subsequently it's very tight and has some stompin' tracks good for a party or an enjoyable commute home in the car from work. Manically singing and tapping the dashboard through the roundabouts. As ever, although maybe toned down compared to previous work, the hip hop, beats (in fact all drums) and skratching are on point to enhance the tracks. That's because the Herbaliser KNOW how to represent fine hip hop when they need or want to. And also to develop it (see Game, set and match which arguably has a U.K grime flavour with sweet string touches). Sprinkle in some latin and soul a la Quantic style and you have great artists, in their own right, that this time have got me dancing all around the kitchen spilling soup. Cool

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Better Than Ever!


In the realm of "new soul", the category that, among others, includes Amy Winehouse, Duffy and James Hunter, The Herbaliser turns in the best "new soul" record to date. Jessica Darling is a major find on vocals and the band is smokin' HOT. Make no mistake, this is not the Herbaliser of old. But, oh man, WELCOME to the new, improved Herbaliser. This ia a MUST-HAVE CD!

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As good as ever....


A very welcome return from The Herbaliser, as good as anything that they've done as well. Got the usual ingredients in there...soul, groove, horns, rapping, instrumentals and lots of funk! All of the tracks are great, with no fillers

They Say All Music Guide

Usually the grooviest and most hip-hop connected of Ninja Tune’s acts, the Herbaliser gradually matured into a supremo live band, led by the duo of Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry but also encompassing dozens of support slots for brass, woodwinds, and percussionists, plus the usual plugged-in instruments. Still, the Herbaliser isn’t a chamber ensemble per se, but instead the type of funky big band prominent in the ’70s, the kind that could drop a blaxploitation or disco nugget one minute and get all funky over “Sunny” the next. Same as It Never Was, their first record for !K7, is in similar company to Herbaliser’s previous Take London from 2005. It’s delivered with the help of an excellent roster of musicians; tenor saxman Chris Bowden, bassist Pino Palladino, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Ross all make multiple appearances. The sound and productions are definitely up to the Herbaliser standard, but the duo may lose a few listeners when they exercise their funny bones, as they do several times here. Instead of hitting at street level, they spend a lot of time indulging in camp instrumentals like “The Next Spot” and “Amores Bongo” (it’s not “Sunny,” but it’s close). As Herbaliser have done since their debut, they excel at bringing vocal features to life; here it’s the Jean Grae guest spot “Street Karma (A Cautionary Tale),” with its eerie blaxploitation shadings. Other highlights come with “Can’t Help This Feeling” and “On Your Knees,” both featuring vocals by the leather-lunged soul-blues belter Jessica Darling. (Obviously Herbaliser have been at it for years, but it’s difficult not to hear her and think of Amy Winehouse or Sharon Jones.) There’s no doubting the Herbaliser’s ability to deliver exactly what they’re attempting, but despite the excellent playing and good vocal features (when they occur), the songwriting and choice of material make this record inferior to the usual Herbaliser standard. – John Bush

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