Unlock Your Mind - The Soul Rebels
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  • Summary: The eight-piece ensemble based in New Orleans mixes jazz, R&B, funk, rap, and brass band music on its debut release.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    80
    Unlock Your Mind is a testimony to the power of horns--in all their squawking, tooting, screaming glory--and a vibrant concoction of different types of music.
  2. Feb 23, 2012
    80
    This is a full-on, joyous, positive album that makes you feel like celebrating.
  3. May 9, 2012
    70
    They remain faithful to the New Orleans musical ideal in the sense that they turn everything they play into celebratory party music.
  4. Oct 9, 2012
    67
    The dancehall rhythms of the title track, originally a hit for the Staple Singers, with Neville's super soul vocals, plus the loud, proud funk of opener "504" serve up instant highlights.
  5. Feb 23, 2012
    60
    You won't find complicated, destination-disguising improvisations here, but a jazz spirit inspires the group, and their raw power is pretty faithfully caught on disc.
  6. It's all pretty good, but you want to see them live more than replay the album, though "504" needs downloading.