ARTIST: Al Green
TITLE: “Thought It Out”
WEB DEBUT: Jan. 10, 2008
ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: Sit Down Stand Up has the first taste of the ?uestlove-produced Al Green album that we drooled over back in September and that’s still untitled and without a firm release date. As a friend just said, “the Rev has gotten back to his roots… getting fools laid.” Over the kind of long, winding, minimal bass-and-live-break groove familiar from Soulquarian productions like D’Angelo’s Voodoo–which drew plenty of its hazy, “you’re listening to an LP with a fuzzy needle” vibe from classic Green sides like The Belle Album in the first place–Green takes the wayback machine straight to his mid-’70s sound, the song eventually breaking down into a gloriously loose vamp with plenty of gravelly asides and playful falsetto interjections (that say “sex me, please” more than “you know, I really love Jesus”) dancing ’round the prickly funk guitar and organ. And with that, I am beyond psyched for this record.
LISTEN: Al Green – “Thought It Out” (Produced By ?uestlove) [Sit Down Stand Up]