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  MOTHER'S FINEST
'Shut Up' Single
Release Date: 5th January 2015
(Steamhammer/SPV)

Luke 'Loki' Milne


Luke Loki Milne



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It's been eleven years since American funk rock act Mother's Finest released their last studio album, 'Meta-Funk'n-Physical'. The band are now poised to make their return to the spotlight' with the upcoming release of their latest offering to the general public, 'Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beast'.

Fans of the band can expect to get their mitts on the new album sometime in Spring of 2015, but ahead of this time the band have seen fit to tease our musical tastebuds with a sneak peak at one of the album's featuring tracks, titled 'Shut Up'.

Having listened to the teaser track I'm pretty interested in grabbing the full release when it hits online stores, and for a number of reasons 'Shut Up' presents itself as a rather interesting initial release in my eyes. It's a bit of a slow-burner to begin and I found it a little tricky to overcome the feeling that perhaps the track came across as a little too simplistic in it's infancy, with a vibe that I worry may be a little too linear to attract fans of more complex melodic phrases.

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Thankfully the band work to build up the tension into a fairly satisfying crescendo, and by the end of the song I'm left with a sense that there's more to Mother's Finest than meets the eye after such a long period between albums.

I'm hopeful that the album provides a little more upbeat and bright material in line with my expectations of the funk rock genre, but I have to confess that 'Shut Up' raises a few too many concerns in my mind and feels more like an album filler track than a single release.

I feel it's important when releasing an album to select a single release that will captivate and entice the listener, raising their spirits with either a feel-good vibe or – as is often in alternative music – a huge, anthemic track that fans can sing at the top of their lungs until the full album is released. 'Shut Up' just doesn't feel like either of these to me; it's a little too one-dimensional, a little too simple and a little too forgettable, and I can't help but think that this isn't Mother's Finest at their... finest.

Sorry, bad pun.

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I will say that in my experience some of my favourite songs haven't gripped my attention right off the bat, and some of the best music I've heard has taken a few tries before it's hit me, but I fear that perhaps this offering from Mother's Finest doesn't fit into my spectrum of musical interests enough to fully grab my attention.

Of course, this doesn't mean that it won't appeal to others of the music-loving community and I still hold hope for the full album. As a reviewer, I would certainly be keen to dip my toes a little further into the band's brand of funk rock; there's still something about this initial release that interests me and i'm interested to see what else is on offer from the American act, and how it contrasts to 'Shut Up', which sadly hasn't quite peaked my personal interests on this occasion.


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