Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) needs to get famous already. Its frustrating to see a band with this much potential sucked under the industry rug by underexposure. Hopefully, the third release of the self-acknowledged funkateers, 2010's Man of the World, will find ALO reaping the rewards they deserve.
The opening and closing tracks of Man of the World are a rip-roarin good time full of playful harmonies and sing-a-longs that often come off as a sort of Wilco-Wallflowers-Moody Blues jam party. But somewhere in the middle, the songs take a introspective turn, as if the guys were having a grand old time until someone got hurt and made them briefly re-evaluate their songwriting priorities. These four lush tracks will likely land on your "Meditative Road Trip Playlist."