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To get a sense of this sound, picture Manhattan Transfer deciding, just because they’re silly and oh so hip, to tackle glam and early synth covers. Though Crazy Power also dips a bit here and there into some funk and psych, the overall feel is of a hipster showing off. The kooky humor comes across as forced and, after a while, condescending. Birds of prey know they’re cool.

Josh Reichman sure is an able musician, playing most of the instruments here, and does have enough of a grip on many genres to toss ably toss them into the mix. But none of them ring authentic. Reichman sounds like he is renting. God help us, the six-piece live version of this band also features a ballet dancer.

Crazy Power covers a lot of sonic territory and is manic and jittery, and Reichman's talent is wasted. The mix of styles, the willingness to mash up and see what happens, will work well with better material, or maybe with less forced weirdness. This record draws attention to itself for all its smug failures, ignoring its own assets. Exit stage left, to the sound of the Vaudevillians on Family Guy.

Crazy Power is the robust counterpart to Oracle Band's Life Is Legal EP . The self-produced debut was recorded in 2008 at Toronto's Giant Studios in piecemeal fashion. The new disc continues to show Josh Reichmann (of Tangiers fame) dismantling his post-punk bent for a psychedelic stranglehold on early funk and soul records. Recorded with Ian McGettigan, the album's one-sheet says the album references 1970s heavies like "Lennon, Robert Wyatt, Funkadelic, the E-Street Band and T-Rex's outsider glam." That list should give the band's onstage ballerina (ex-National Ballet dancer Laura Bolton) plenty to gambol to on the road. Reichmann was joined in the sessions by Ian McGettigan on bass, James Sayce (Tangiers) on bass, Sebastien Grainger on drums, Steve Singh on keyboards, and Joseph Shabason on sax.

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How can the creation resulting from productive, artistic, creative talent ever be considered a "wasted" effort? Not that I've heard this album...

M. Sunshine

Anyway that we can get Mike Wood to make an album like this or even better, stop being a music critic? Boy, anyone with a website is considered a 'music critic' these days. I actually have this album and seem to like it a lot, your review is horrible and people should listen to this album. Sorry it's not the hipster new s--t that blows your mind but it's surely solid, unlike this writers comments.

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As Amy Poehler and Seth Myers often quip...."Really?!" There are way too many musicians emulating a certain sound, Josh Reichmann does not....Rather than doing what is easy and expected, he goes above and beyond to create something unique. He's doing something different, so regardless of what you think of the album, applaud him for that. I personally am a fan...And yes, he does include a dancer in his act...Since when did anyone lose points for entertaining?


This guy thinks he is someone he is not!


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