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Bringin' ya dat rock'n'roll, rhythm'n'soul, reggae'n'blues
and the grooves you can use!
"This Parisian group has crawled the bars, clubs and MJCs [Maisons de la jeunesse et de la culture: publicly financed performance spaces] for the last five years or so, pulling in a faithful following thanks to their lively shows.
The quartet of the group's début, after a few personnel changes, has been joined by a keyboardist and a horn section. Since then, their original formula (folk-rock, soul, reggae and blues) has likewise been enriched by new sounds that are evident in half of the nine songs — ska and jazz-funk are in the house and the Clusters have moved away from their early sound, which sometimes evoked Toots & the Maytals, Dylan and Southern Soul.
These styles aren't totally missing on the disk, but now their “Goozik” puts them in a league with certain American “fusion” groups in the early 90s like Boy O Boy or Bop Harvey, as well as some of the first Boston or New York ska groups.
This first studio outing is very catchy thanks to a varied approach that avoids musical categorization and thanks an acute aesthetic sense. As a whole, the CD is chock full of tasty ingredients, and it's clear we're not dealing with simple copyists. What's more, the American singer is solid, and manages to get across the French lyrics, too.
If the Goo Goo style is principally party music, some of the lyrics — like those of Vide Grenier and No Noise — have something to say. The latter is worthy of the best of Elvis Costello, Garland Jeffreys or Joe Jackson of the late 70's: a rant on the lamentable state of live music in a Paris where popular culture is dying."
Ever Rey D
Ragga Magazine, December 2003
"Goo Goo Cluster is a curiosity: This mini-big band of eight accomplished musicians (including three horns) romps freely through the playgrounds of reggae, rhythm'n'blues, funk and Chicago blues, exploring the byways of Black Music while not shying away from the influences of 50s rock. Their principal assets are their audacity, their musical aptitude and their sense of groove."
Rock&Folk, September 2003