Orlando's Big Shirley realize that funk is more than just music -- it's a way of life. From their contagiously hip optimism to their Fat Albert duds, Big Shirley treats every day like one long dance party. "Funkasm," the band's second album, mixes their trademark high-energy grooves with some slower-tempo soul.
Frontman Al Cheek's smooth vocals are supported by aerobic bass lines, frisky guitars and a hearty horn section. "Bleed" builds off a nasty, slow-grinding guitar, while the George Clintonish title track bubbles with a jumping bass riff and bleating trumpet.
The album's best moments are when the band churns at top speed, as on "Revival" and "Burning Mattress" -- whose horns proclaim and plead more than a Sunday preacher. "Funkasm" assures us that Big Shirley will be livin' large for quite some time.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.