Funkadelic, America Eats Its Young

Nate Patrin

By Nate Patrin

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

America Eats Its Young

Disintegration celebration!

By 1972 Funkadelic had become the premier funk ensemble, and this ambitious, sprawling, messy, damn near-perfect record is all the proof you'd want. It blows up right from the gate: Bernie Worrell's full-throttle organ hook on "You Hit the Nail on the Head" is his greatest performance until "Flash Light" five years later, while the brief yet massive "Philmore" and the "Jesus Loves Me"-tweaking mudslide "A Joyful Process" show off some slick group chops. The heart of the record is in its lyrical deconstruction of the titular country's disintegration: empty rhetoric is assailed in "If You Don't Like the Effects, Don't Produce the Cause," while "Everybody's Going to Make It This Time" is anxious gospel that seems to anticipate a second Nixon term. There's plenty of fun extra-political diversions, too; check out the Cadillac carousel burble of Parliaments remake "That Was My Girl" and the doom-funk slow jam "Miss Lucifer's Love," whose Satanic majesty could have left Mick Jagger shook.