If you're a Sly and the Family Stone fan, you'll soon find yourself addicted to this funkified debut from eight well-seasoned L.A. studio aces, who deliver a smart, sophisticated update of 70s R&B and rock. Singer-guitarist David Darling pipes up with a gravel-voiced cool on the standout soulful anthem "Speak As One." He's upstaged though by his beautiful wife, Brie, who wails with a sinew and sexiness on "Again and Again" and provides ample reason to crank up all 12 cuts. (For the record, the very same Brie happens to be the mother-in-law of Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx). Lyrically the band manages to be upbeat and message-oriented while avoiding cliché. This gritty, passionate CD gives the funk genre a rootsy kick in the booty. (Mesa)"