The press kit labels it "the groundbreaking sound of the new eclecticism." No doubt an ambitious moniker, but Mr. Sonic (neé Rick Kowal) does his damnedest to live up to the hype. To find his mojo, he implements a steady stream of horn-driven funk riffs, a dash of hip-hop, and a vocal lineup that never sits still. The musical homage paid to the Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime" is priceless, while "Pesos y Euros" could easily be a theme song of the new millennium. Call it jazz for people who don't like jazz, perched a funkdafied nook somewhere between Herbie Hancock and the Roots. If you like one song on this album, you'll like them all. A near flawless effort.