Album of the Week 13-2015: Mother’s Finest – Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beasts


Damn, it’s been a while since Mother’s Finest released a studio album. As a fan of their combination of Funky R’n’B grooves and heavy Rock guitars, the announcement of the release of ‘Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beasts’ was amazing news to yours truly. Especially after hearing it; where predecessor ‘Meta-Funk’nPhysical’ contained a couple of brilliant songs – ‘Funk-a-Wild’ is so good it hurts – but relied a little too much on modern production techniques, the new album is full of live energy. The album contains all the guitars and grooves you need and the singing couple of Joyce Kennedy and Glen ‘Doc’ Murdock is on fire, the former especially.

While the contemporary production techniques haven’t vanished from the music – they’re quite prominently featured near the end of the album – they have been incorporated into the band’s sound more fluently than before and as a result, seem to support the guitars and rhythms rather than replacing the latter. Also, drummer Dionic, son of Kennedy and Murdock, has had a big hand in composing the material for the album – previously mainly the task of bassist Jerry ‘Wyzard’ Seay – and he seems to prefer a Mother’s Finest that rocks heavily.

But as the band’s history has proven, it’s the variation that makes this band so special. And ‘Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beasts’ is no different. The exuberant opening rocker ‘Angels’ sound like something you would have come to expect from Mother’s Finest and therefore is the perfect introduction to the album. After that, the album moves effortlessly between Hard Rock (‘Shut Up’, the surprisingly heavy near Metal closing track ‘My Badd’), Funk Rock (‘Take Control’) and a single dark ballad (‘Tears Of Stone’, fantastically sung by Kennedy).

Highlighting the album is the fantastic ‘All Of My Life’, an Arena Rocker with a massive chorus. Everything just works in that chorus; the choral vocals that are guaranteed to get stuck in your head, the triumphant lead guitar against the wide chords of the rhythm guitar and the way it breaks the song open. Other stand out tracks include ‘Another Day’, which moves from an awesomely funky riff to a celebratory, almost gospel-like chorus and the swinging, yet crushingly heavy riff work in the stomper ‘She Ready’.

If ‘Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beasts’ warrants a twelve year wait since the last studio album, I’m not sure, but you can’t accuse the five men and one woman of the band of rushing through making another album. In fact, it’s all very well written and produced and very likely to please fans of the band, at the very least the ones who are into ‘Another Mother Further’ and ‘Black Radio Won’t Play This Record’. Their self-titled debut album will always remain the band’s ultimate piece of work, but ‘Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beasts’ is a more than worthy addition to the band’s excellent discography.

Recommended tracks: ‘All Of My Life’, ‘Another Day’, ‘She Ready’

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