Fun Lovin’ Criminals – The Roosevelt Sessions EP (2022) – Rock The Best Music

After the departure of my untouchable Huey ‘Di Fontaine’ Morgan in 2021 from Fun Lovín’ Criminals I always feared the worst within one of the most special and classy bands that exists and which I have always admired and followed in their footsteps. It was clear that Brian ‘Fast’ Leiser (keys, bass, horns, vocals…) and Frank Benbini (drums, percussion, vocals) wanted to continue with FLC, that they did not want to give up such a special band and for which they had so much struggled to keep alive. On the other hand, it also bothers me that Morgan has practically disappeared from the map of the music industry, he only showed up in 2012 (and still within FLC) with his only solo album, Huey and The New Yorkersbut, after getting off the boat with the band of his life,… absolutely nothing… What are we going to do, for the moment we have to settle because the Criminals are still active, doing gigs and maintaining the type and glamor ‘high’ with dignity class’ that those from Brooklyn have always exuded… but what I didn’t expect was that they would stand out with a new EP!…

As they whisper torridly in your ear… ‘Shake it’!!!…

The Roosevelt Sessions (2022) It’s the first EP of the new post-Morgan stage, now with only four tracks made up I can’t say that I haven’t been a bit satisfied… but it’s too short for me! Maybe the band didn’t want to risk too much to start without Huey, offering only superior quality winning songs, maybe they wanted to ‘roll’ the new one, Naim Cortazzi, taking care of the guitar and choirs, maybe… Let’s stop conjectures and hypotheses, the case is that the four tracks bring us back to the usual FLC, with that ‘high standing’ class and glamour, with cool rapping, hot whispers ‘a la Barry White’ and that mixture of funky, jazz, hip hop and ‘easy listening’ close to ‘Elevator Music’. “Unfinished Business” starts off cocky and sarcastic, with that trumpet from ‘Fast’ and the house-brand raps. This is going well. The next two tracks, “Shake It Loose” and “Village Groove” do not lower the level, they are more melodic and atmospheric, more seductive and R&B, designed to seduce, woo and conquer… The last song, “Love Ya Back”, demonstrates once again that sophistication that the FLC always have plenty of, Soul Jazz & Funk of many, many carats that closes with the flag held high and leaving me with a very sweet taste in my mouth and waiting for a full-blown Long Play. No theme stands out from the others, there is no ‘instant classic’ like in its best days, but you are going to enjoy it more than you expected…

Beware of the great level that the band continues to have, Huey was a lot of Huey, but of course the FLC essence continues as always…

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Fun Lovin’ Criminals – The Roosevelt Sessions EP (2022) – Rock The Best Music