The Funkiest Tracks From Album “There’s A Riot Goin’ On”
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Considered as one of history’s most relevant and influential albums, There’s A Riot Goin’ On was Sly and The Family Stone’s magnum opus. Although the album was recorded amidst frontman Sly Stone’s battle against drug addiction and internal conflicts between the band, it became their most successful venture to boot, featuring darker themes and an atmosphere that reflected the state of affairs of the time. Nevertheless, here are some of the funkiest tracks on the quintessential album by Sly and The Family Stone.
“Luv And Haight”
The mystical quality bought on by the guitar on Wah opens to a vocal harmony that could only be described as a goosebump-inducer. Accents are more prevalent on the track, with artistic placement and delivery of lyrics as a key factor on this heavy funk jam.
“(You Caught Me) Smilin'”
Powerful vocals by Sly himself lather the track with such richness that is further heightened by tasteful palm mutes, brass parts, and reduced modulation. Backup vocals are as accurate as ever, with some melodic nod to a Stevie Wonder classic.
“Thank You For Talking To Me Africa”
Bass is the main recipe for this track, starting off strong with a driving progression that breaks down bizarrely at some points. The lyrics are simplified to give of a feigned African accent, accented by soulful vocals harmonizing and breaking off strategically.
One of the more toned-down and lighter tracks on the catalog when compared to its brothers, “Family Affair” has a whimsical charm to it, with the synthetic drum track driving the synth progression thoroughly. Vocal contrast is apparent and masterfully used, with a modified call and response dynamic between them.
The serene guitar riffs that are all clean, and brass parts enhanced by stereo sound, contribute to the feel-good quality of “Runnin’ Away”. The song concludes into a well-balanced jam that perfectly sums up the song’s vibe.