Andrew Spraggon is one of New Zealand's premier musical craftsmen, but has never lost sight of the fact that you need to cater to an audience's feet along with their minds.
Anyone who saw his band Sola Rosa at last year's Nelson Arts Festival will attest to the fact that they're purveyors of fine funk, and Spraggon's latest album under that banner is more of the same.
What's missing this time are the Latin strains that have helped to differentiate him from similar acts, although he taps dub for Lion's Den and dancehall for Rise (The Machine).
Olivier Daysoul brings light and shade to Promise and Wiggle, and LA Mitchell stars in the slinky electro funk of Spinning Top, Real Life and Loveless.
Miles Bonny provides the best vocals in Misunderstood, but it also marks the point where the album starts to settle into a kind of sameness.
Best tracks: Promise, Misunderstood
- CDs for review supplied by Everyman, Nelson.
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