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Christgau Consumer Guide

Funkadelic

by Robert Christgau on July 12, 1971

FUNKADELIC

 “Maggot Brain” 

 [Westbound, 1971]


Children, this is funkadelic. The title piece is ten minutes of classic Hendrix-gone-heavy guitar by one Eddie Hazel — time-warped, druggy superschlock that may falter momentarily but never lapses into meaningless showoff runs. After which comes 2:45 of post-classic soul-group harmonizing — two altos against a bass man, all three driven by the funk, a rhythm so pronounced and eccentric it could make Berry Gordy twitch to death. The funk pervades the rest of the album, but not to the detriment of other peculiarities. Additional highlight: “Super Stupid.” 

B+

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