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Brass Fantasy: The Odyssey of Funk and Popular Music – Vol. 1

With The Odyssey of Funk & Popular Music-Vol. 1, Brass Fantasy releases their first recording since 1992’s The Fire This Time. Returning with another mix-bag selection of predictable R&B classics like “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” and sentimental show tunes like “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” they add intriguing retoolings of songs by The Spice Girls, Notorious B.I.G., and Marilyn Manson. And with all Brass Fantasy records, the results are as varying as their choices.

Despite the jazz spike given to Spice Girls’ “Two Become One,” the song’s inherent sappiness triumphs. The substandard hip-hop takes on DeFunkt’s “Next,” and a very wrong reading of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Notorious Thugs” pushes nothing more than your endurance to listen to these disposable dalliances.

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