56 Hope Road: Law Of Attraction

By: Michael Akers

The soulful sounds of Chicago's acoustic funk outfit, 56 Hope Road have returned for a fourth full-length release on there own record label, Albino Deer Records. Law Of Attraction, released on January 1st, features a varied array of musical styles ranging from the anticipated funk to soul, blues and jazz. Law of Attraction is the picture perfect portrait of the roots based music 56 Hope Road has been playing and recording for their entire six year career.

The opening track, "So So," is a wonderful example of what acoustic funk can be. Usually one associates funk with heavy hitting basslines, mind blowing saxophone (or other brass) and tight, precise rhythms that make you dance. 56 Hope Road proves that funk can be done acoustically. G. Love and Richie Havens are two clear ancestors for this band.

Law of Attraction features two new members, saxophonist Casey Fitzpatrick and pianist Tim Reid Jr.. Fitzpatrick's head-spinning improvisational skills shine right away on the aptly named "Heart Attack," a fine showcase for the whole band. "After the Show," a happy song one along the lines of Keller Williams releases has a hugely positive vibe, something the members of 56 Hope Road thrive on. In fact, the group's name pays tribute to the positive message Bob Marley's music has been to the world. In all, 56 Hope Road has released a gem of energy driven acoustic funk.

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[Published on: 3/12/08]

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Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/13/2008 12:25AM
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I don't agree with the Keller reference, but these guys are fun as hell!!

mojofolk Thu 3/13/2008 09:21AM
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Man, I love these guys… I’ve seen them several times and they always bring it to a new and ecstatic level. Sure the acoustic, rootsy, reggae, psychedelic funk, jazz has been done before and in my eyes it takes a really strong effort for a band to distinguish itself from all the excessively accessible and rather bland offerings of the genre… and 56 Hope Road is the real deal. Their songs are tightly woven intricate textures that begin to unravel into wonderfully beautiful improvised undulations, peaks and valleys… and for a relatively unknown band their ability to tap in, grab hold and work the energy of the music and the crowd into joyous climaxes are on par with many of the heavy hitting big names of our ever growing scene. The music transcends styles… leaves you smiling from ear to ear and soaked in sweat. If you have the chance to see these guys and feel like shakin’ your groove thang than get that ticket and get ready for a hell of a show.

mojofolk Thu 3/13/2008 10:26AM
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Oh... and an Agents of Good Root comparison would make a lot more sense than G. Love or Keller

pinger420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/13/2008 07:14PM
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Congrats guys...and gal. This album is truly amazing. I can't stop listening to it. You can catch all kinds of influences in their songwriting. I've been listening to, seeing and traveling with these guys for years. I best describe their influences as a Paul Simon meets G Love backed with Coltrane's soul and The Dead's passion.

56 Hope Road is a touring machine, always at the top of Jambase's year end list of most shows played, having played over 200 shows each of the last three years. Just keep your eyes and ears open for the show near you. You won't stop moving all night.

Oh yeah and buy the album.

hope456 Thu 3/13/2008 07:41PM
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its one thing to make great music, its another thing being a great band. these guys are the nicest guys one will ever meet in addition to creating not only great music but an exceptional vibe as well. these guys do both. if they come to a city near you, check them out and don't be afraid to introduce yourself and say hi. cheers from st.louis,peace out

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the last album sucked :)

have not heard this one yet.

bman62526 starstarstarstar Fri 3/14/2008 01:03PM
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I've had the pleasure of knowing these cats for a long time, and this album is worth standing in line for! Law of Attraction is very tastefully done, letting the songs speak out for themselves, yet also garnished with a touch of "studio mojo" like subtle drum programming, great percussion parts and overall masterful production, I've had a chance to play with these guys a couple times, and even though this album is their best yet - it still doesn't compare to the insane energy of a live show. You should sample both experiences soon. Bravo, 56!!