The second incarnation of my blog
Based on the top 100 albums in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500, I have set myself the challenge of hearing and appraising each album. I hope to be surprised and educated along the way.
Number 99 is by Sly and the Family Stone, another album I had no knowledge of. There’s a Riot Goin’ On is the 5th studio album by the group and was released in 1971. The initial reaction wasn’t great from critics and fans, but it quickly gained traction and topped the US charts.
The album is perfectly funky and before you get to the well known Family Affair, it seems to simply be a great summer album – that kind of background music that just drifts to you across the park or garden. It’s well crafted soul with a heavy groove, but there are a few too many tracks that didn’t inspire me.
It’s not the music I tend to listen to, but I can appreciate that the attitude and message behind the songs appeals to people. Side one technically concludes with the album’s title track, which is silent, and listed as being zero minutes and zero seconds long – a nice touch.
Overall it’s a cool funky album, but not quite original enough for me.
My rating: 5/10
Listen to the album via Spotify here.
See the Top 100 here.