Although not as commercially successful as G. Love & Special Sauce
's self-titled debut, Coast to Coast Motel
is a definite improvement. The band keeps its hip-hop influence (much more prevalent on the debut) in check here, concentrating more on creating a mighty instrumental groove. It's also more of a traditional rock & roll approach for the band, with the results quite often being successful. The opening "Sweet Sugar Mama" is bass-driven and funky; other highlights include the smooth "Nancy," the uplifting "Chains #3," and the startling Led Zeppelin
attack (musically, anyway) of "Small Fish." "Kiss and Tell" is an obvious attempt at a hit single, while some may consider the lyrics to "Soda Pop" a bit too foolish. As mentioned earlier, however, the group achieves some great, groovy interplay that can easily suck the listener in. Jimmy Prescott
's upright bass playing and Jeff Clemens
' drumming are tight and locked together, as G. Love
adds his scratchy blues guitar on top. These guys have found the groove.