Monday, February 11, 2019
Get Ready For "Already Ready Already"
Galactic has been doing their thing for 25 years now. And if you're not sure what their "thing" is, I will tell you. It is a potent and unique brand of New Orleans music, which at the heart, is funky of course, but manages to incorporate traditional jazz, brass band marches, electronica, silky soul, rock and roll, heavy metal and rhythm and blues, occasionally on the same album, and all of it anchored by one the greatest groovemasters in the history of music, drummer extraordinaire Stanton Moore.
Their new album "Already Ready Already" dropped on Friday and though it only clocks in at around 25 minutes, it is one of the most satisfying records of their career. Bookended by two nasty instrumentals, the songs seamlessly flow from one to the other, creating not only a thrilling ride of beats and melody, but also, somewhat impossibly, offering a history of New Orleans music.
I don't think sampling "Already Ready Already" with these three cuts will do the record justice, any more than saying Side Two of "Abbey Road is great because of "Sun King" and "Polythene Pam." I suggest taking the 25 minute ride in one shot. But if you're unsure, start here.