Are Soulfege the twenty-first century fugees?, Review by Tony Deans
As you play the first track of "Take Back the Mic" you realise that you are listening to something special. Whether it is the P-Funk styling of "Do Right" to the Gospel influenced "Once", the whole album is hugely joyful to listen to.
The whole album is brilliant however some tracks truly stand out and feel like they could soon be classics. Take for example "To Be Free" which could have been easily recorded by Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff decades. It is a wonderful example of classic Reggae which promotes a very admirable message – to find freedom from the shackles of oppression and to accept who you truly are. The highlight track is the epic seven minute long saga "Johnny’s Song". The song begins like something Curtis Mayfield would
have wrote before become evolving into a Public Enemy record, the vocals delivered with excellent technique before reverting back to what it origins as a song that would have made Curtis Mayfield proud."Funkadocious" is on the level of Blackstreets "No Diggity" whilst "Do Right" is a wonderful piece of funked up madness which sounds like it came from the heart of Sly and the Family Stone and the guitar work on it is just wonderful.
Overall the album succeeds on many levels due to the variety Soulfege display on it. They are the one of the few bands who truly dare to mix genres and create something fresh and new. For that reason, Soulfege can hold their heads up high as they achieve the first perfect score in The Cheers Magazine History.