CD REVIEW: Galactic "Ya-Ka-May"

There aren't many bands who have more fun making music than Galactic. Their last album was a road trip into the world of hip hop which won over fans and critics alike. This latest album combines their New Orleans funk and jazz sounds with some classic style and a new approach at delivering the signature music of a scorned city. They are seeing significant radio success with their single "Heart Of Steel" featuring vocals by the soulful Irma Thomas. The song has even managed to help them get some television exposure, appearing on a few late night talk shows. Hip hop finds its place on this album as well, but not as abundant as on their previous album. One of the most fun sounding songs is "Boe Money" which finds Galactic teaming up with the Rebirth Brass Band. The band brings in an array of eclectic guest musicians including Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty. All in all, Galactic have developed a familiar and ever changing funk sound that is unmatched in music today. On their newest album, they show us how to musically pay homage to the Crescent City while still making inventive music that is new and exciting.