Juno What: Shameless
Words By J-man
Live music fans seek energy, a vibe and a scene. "Shameless" provides all of those things. Studio albums create challenges for bands seeking to appeal to that live demand. Without the roar of the crowd as well as the energy and scene created by the venue, live music fans are often turned off to studio albums. However, this group of live music veterans have hit the nail on the head with this album. "Shameless" is a must have album and one of the best albums of 2011 thus far.
The Album opens with really horn-heavy synth grooves that grab the listener right from the get go. The challenge immediately is to sit still. Once the listener realizes it's impossible, it's essential to let one's self go to enjoy the full experience. Joey Porter and Steve Watkins' synth playing and talkbox work creates a vibe/scene like Studio 54 in the late 70's early 80's. Wailing keys, clavinet chops and disgustingly grimy groves litter (in a good way) this masterful album. Steve's bass work and low end are heavy and an essential part of the sensual sound.
Dave Watts' drumming is the icing on the cake. As if it were possible to sit still, Watts comes through, exponentially decreasing the possibility of not moving. Tracks like "Take Control of Your Body", "Feelin' This", "Shameless" and "Ain't Affraid to Work" are all very fitting song titles for an album that contains this much funk. Guest saxophonist Dominic Lalli is a fitting addition, elevating the band to an almost unimaginable level.
After hearing an album of the caliber of "Shameless" with it's energy and live potential, who wouldn't want to experience Juno What live? Be sure to download their newest album for free on their website. What do you have to lose? ITS FUCKING FREE!