The Crossing - Menahan Street Band
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length release for the instrumental soul group last heard backing Charles Bradley's 2011 album, No Time for Dreaming.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
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  1. Nov 15, 2012
    93
    All in all, it's the sound of a bunch of musicians from the top of the game performing at the top of their game. Ruthlessly tight, deeply soulful with tunes to keep you riveted to your stereo until deep into the night.
  2. Nov 1, 2012
    80
    The band cultivates a rich collection of emotionally complex instrumental soul, with precise musicianship meeting inspired production and a deeply studied obsession with the often sampled and less often acknowledged obscure geniuses of soul music.
  3. Oct 31, 2012
    80
    There is a military-like level of discipline that hides remarkable and dangerous power beneath this music's shiny, funky surface.
  4. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    It makes for a spiritual and mind-stretching experience one minute, woozy and disorienting the next. [Jan 2013, p.100]
  5. Oct 31, 2012
    75
    While there's no outright showstopper like "Make the Road By Walking," The Crossing manages to phrasally reference the lightning-strike horn crescendoes that gave that single its timeless resonance.
  6. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    It's certainly cinematic, and there are nods to Morricone. [Jan 2013, p.79]
  7. 60
    The Menahan Street Band have proven a fertile sampling source for such as Jay-Z, Kid Cudi and 50 Cent, and it's not hard to tell why listening to the grooves on this latest album.

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