Whitefield Brothers: A Dance Travelogue The German duo has been active since the early '90s, making dance music its members call "raw soul," though most would call it funk. On a new album, Earthology, the pair branches out into indigenous sounds.


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Whitefield Brothers: A Dance Travelogue

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Our music critic Robert Christgau approves.

ROBERT CHRISTGAU: Here's a taste of how it begins:


CHRISTGAU: Now, the Whitefield Brothers have released a second album called "Earthology," which opens up their funk to broader use. Here's a track called "Reverse." Try to pin a genre on it. I dare you.


THE WHITEFIELD BROTHERS: (Singing) (Unintelligible) will be the next passenger, the flow like a (unintelligible) in Africa. Quit letting (unintelligible), talk when you (unintelligible) matching up. My role model was a nun. I drink from the bottom and mash in the plastic cup. Six thousand watts from the trunk, speakers take heat (unintelligible) like big bumps. Duck when the...

CHRISTGAU: On the song "Taisho," most of the flavor is provided by the national instrument of Japan, a koto played by Masaru Nishimoto.


CHRISTGAU: My favorite cut on "Earthology" is "Breakin' Through," written by jazz pianist Mal Waldron. It's jazzy, yeah, but it also has a Middle Eastern feel I can't quite put my finger on. And I enjoy it even more as a result.


BLOCK: Our reviewer, Robert Christgau, writes the consumer guide to CDs at msn.com.

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