Everything At All Times and All Things At Once – The Irrational Library (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If you asked me to sum up the wonderfully titled Everything At All Times and All Things At Once  in one word then I would have to say …funky. But then why would you? Okay, funky it is, but forget the type of funky that gets injected last minute into pop formats by besuited executives in a cynical attempt to widen their latest fly-by-night, pop poppet’s appeal. No, this is the real deal, funk which tips its hat to the 70’s heyday; it is effortlessly groovesome, thoroughly infectious, swaggeringly cool and sexy as hell. It also taps into that social consciousness that was ingrained in those early pioneer’s work such as Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye.

And that’s the cool thing about The Irrational Library. Whilst many artists are happy to just make great music, here they use that as a vehicle to drive lyrics which talk about the world around us with some real thought and depth. Everything from politics to social media, being a slave to fad and fashion and a host of more spiritual concepts too. Add in a dash of humour and a whole heap of danceable sonic urges and you have an album that everyone really ought to have in their record collection. Come for the cool music, stay for the insightful comment. Conscious music is back on the table!

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