Lo Fidelity Allstars
Name of Album: Donít be Afraid of Love
Ratings: Personal - 4 General - 4
Release Date: Out Now

Comments:
Being self (in)-hailed as "Britain's premier punk-funk psychedelic-disco-soul brothers" Lo Fidelity Allstars (LFA) is quite true to its PR spin. Pushing up the charts with their second album, Don't Be Afraid of Love, LFA has made a mark on both sides of the Atlantic.

This new album, although most of it running at the same quick tempo, is wonderfully diverse in terms of tempo, in terms of girt and in terms of who sings on it. As they lost their lead singer, they were able to substitute with a number of guest-stars in this second coming of a production, including the legendary P-funk member Bootsy Collins who lends his gruff voice to a track. In fact, this song, On the Pier, sounds hauntingly like Jimi (Hendrix) coming back for another hit, and Iím not talking records.

Other notables include the first track, "What You Want," which is a bit Beckish. Subsequently, "Feel What I Feel" is quite popish and also a likely hit for the charts. Hold On (featuring Jamie Lidell) sounds like some throw back to George Clinton and Parliament, something I would have expected more from their collaboration with Bootsy. "Just enough," is a track that slows down the flow of things and actually may be too mellow for this record. Also, worth listening to is "Cattleprod" which raises the volume on the noise of this album back up a ratchet, and sounds a bit like a "Geroge Thourogood meets the Red Hot Chili Peppers" performance.

Overall, like the group's foundation of self-proclaimed fans which runs the gamut of Macy Gray, Howard Stern and Rave Against the Machine, LFA's music is quite eclectic and proves worth listening to, especially if you are in the mood for something on the edge.