The Good, the Bad, and the Funky

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    The Good the Bad and the Funky is the first new album from the Tom Tom Club in eight years, and it's absolutely remarkable. Not only does it stand up to any of their previous releases, it may just be their best, most focused work ever -- and that's a lot to live up to, given the band's history.
  2. Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz have explored a stunning amount of musical styles within the confines of this album, with every song sounding like it was produced by a different group.
  3. [Tom Tom Club] come this close to surpassing the raw energy, vibrant power, and rhythm-fresh approach of their now-classic eponymous debut.
  4. At first listening, this feels vexingly inconsequential, but after a few loosening listens the music's slight but simple pleasures shine through.
  5. While all of the songs are strong, they don't necessarily sound like they belong on the same album.
  6. Frantz and Weymouth have teamed up with a melting pot of songwriting, vocal and instrumental talent, who have supplied offbeat but on-point, ever-changing flavors.
  7. The new Tom Tom Club album is a lot like its title: a pop-culture reference whose impact fades upon inspection.

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  1. Aug 7, 2012
    10
    One of THE BEST bands of the 1980's and of all time. Led by the always trendy Wife and Husband Duo of Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, they haveOne of THE BEST bands of the 1980's and of all time. Led by the always trendy Wife and Husband Duo of Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, they have easily proven their iconic status to the music world by having one of the most popular sampled songs of all time "Genius of Love". Despite also being a part of one the legendary band Talking Heads, I personally feel that Weymouth and Franz are able to show their full creative and fun artistic abilities and allows then to truly shine through The Tom Tom Club. As the other bands of punk rock and new wave gained notoriety in the early 80's, The Tom Tom Club, being a mixture of many genres, truly is in a league of their own. And they just always make me smile.
    Laura R.
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  2. AdamT.
    Dec 28, 2001
    10
    So far, this is the finest albulm of the 21st century, no lie.
  3. LeonardoF
    Mar 20, 2005
    8
    Put it on and play it loud, you won't stop dancing.
  4. Apr 3, 2012
    8
    A classy exploit in dance-reggae slathered with pop. While it doesn't sound nearly as raw and ferocious as their earliest work, it doesA classy exploit in dance-reggae slathered with pop. While it doesn't sound nearly as raw and ferocious as their earliest work, it does introduce a new invigorating hunger not seen on Dark Sneak Love Action or Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom. Vocals are in top for, and the band is ready to experiment within the comforts of their jam-band roots. A consistent and fun musical journey perfect for Summer with only a few missteps that do nothing more than bleed into the other more successful tracks. Nothing to worry about, very easy to listen to. Expand