Album Review: Maggot Brain by Funkadelic

I’ve recently signed up to a monthly music subscription in an attempt to discover and enjoy more albums during long car journeys. This has led me to want to explore more expansive or experimental albums of different styles.

One of the recommendations a friend gave me was the 1971 album by Funkadelic, ‘Maggot Brain.’
I admit to an interest in Funkadelic, but also an underestimation of them as more of a lavish ‘novelty band’ from video clips I’d seen of their ridiculously over-the-top stage shows.

But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Maggot Brain is a solid collection of tunes, with eclectic shades of Hendrix, Marvin Gaye and Credence before them, Prince, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Outkast after them. Indeed this is arguably as much (even more) of a classic rock album as it is a funk album.

Songs like Wars of Armageddon I found a little bit ‘noodling’ for me, but tracks like Super Stupid and Can You Get To That are storming tunes, and Hit it and Quit It demands top volume from the start.

The musicianship throughout is jaw dropping, and I would definitely recommend this as essential listening for fans of classic rock, soul and funk alike.
4/5

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4 comments

  1. Yeah! The other way around in fact (as I’m sure you know), Funkadelic were a HUGE influence on the Chili Peppers and their first 3 or so albums were kind of Funkadelic pastiches. I am not crazy about the early work of the Chili’s, not because it’s not great to listen to, but because of being fairly derivative of Funkadelic, plus some punk and hip-hop influences, and didn’t really find their own think until Blood Sugar onwards.
    They still all join each other on stage if they find themselves in the same part of the world and Flea also wears a crazy waistcoat that Bootsy Collins gave him in the ‘Dani California’ video.

    Sorry for all the RHCP trivia!
    Nice post. 🙂

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