There is a seemingly inevitable eye roll that comes with the word “reissue,” but in my view that’s just pessimistic. Especially so when you’ve never heard the music before, and when it could be the next album you listen to nonstop, which is the case with this reissue of Craig Wedren’s 2004 dance project Baby.
Anybody with a love of music from New York will know that disco is one of the many forms of music that is often associated with the city, and Baby takes some influence from that ever popular scene. With beats aplenty, warm synth harmonies, and the odd guitar riff, the band’s self-titled debut provides an entertaining listen.
Many of the tracks clock in at less than three minutes, thus creating a slim but satisfying listen. Rather than being a collection of fast beats and lyrics of the throwaway variety, it’s the exact opposite: the words are understandable, always important for a Craig Wedren project, as his lyrics tend to be very good, and the music is produced in a manner more akin to a funk record. The songs are measured, with a continuous flow and various vocalists giving this the edge of a record of the genre.
Highlights include the golden harmonies of “Free Los Angeles,” the funk-like groove of “Soft Feminine Boys,” and “Get Your Body,” with its guitar breakdown impressing particularly. One of shortest tracks, “Cut You Up,” infuses rap into the mix, a guitar-flavored final coda that really pleases the ear. This is an album well deserving of finding new ears via this expanded reissue.
(Nerveland Recordings, no address provided)