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The departure of beloved vocalist Cee-Lo left many fans thinking the Goodie Mob's best days were behind them. Not so. Picking up the pieces like the pros they are, the remaining members of the Atlanta hip-hop outfit -- the group that helped invent the Dirty South scene back in the 1990s -- have proven they've still got loads of riffs, raps, and rhythms left to dish out. Monkey or otherwise, ain't no single obstacle going to get in the way of this operation.

One Monkey Don't Stop No Show is the group's fourth album. It may not have an immediate knock-you-down effect in the manner of their debut Soul Food, yet give it time to unfold and unwind, and you'll quickly find and feel there's a vast degree of depth, complexity, and subtlety in the song construction and presentation.

Interesting, for instance, that one of the most talked-about and popular tracks, "Play Your Flutes," is placed at the end of the album, dead last. Why's that? Hard to say, except that this isn't a group that likes playing by the usual rules. "Flutes," of course, is a great track; just check out the mix of harmony voices, hand claps, and flute that drive the melody, and the upbeat, positive attitude that's behind it all -- it's a perfect way to wrap things up, in fact.

The album has it's share of tough-talking moments ("In Da Streets," "Shawty Wanna Be a Gangsta"), but it's bookended by tracks that are a little less in your face: "Flutes" on the back end, and "God I Wanna Live" up front. The latter sports a laid-back groove that's cool to the point of being lounge-quiet, though its rhythm and raps are still Super Fly smooth. "God I Want to live to be an old man," goes the chorus, echoing a healthy positive attitude the group's long been known for. The tracks' something of a non-bang beginning to the album, but it's totally addicting -- hear it once and you're instantly hooked.

The pace picks up with "123 Goodie," which is built around an intriguing off-kilter rhythm and an attitude that's boastful, though never arrogant. The raps are fast and sleek on the title track, they're charged and heavy on "In Da Streets," and they come laced with a bit of venom on "It Ain't Nothing' for Us."

But just as soon as the music gets hard, the Goodies choose to settle back comfortably into the slow grooves of cuts like "Dead Homies," something of a red-eyed stoners' wake for "homeboys dead and gone." Even "High and Low," with real bite in the lyrics, has a laid-back rhythm and a chorus that's as remorseful and melancholy as a southern prison work anthem or a bleary-eyed Sunday morning confession.

From the overall flow of the CD to the individual songs, raps, and attitudes, One Monkey is excellent work -- mature, vibrant and varied, ultra-professional. This is an album to rival the best of hip-hop in 2004.

By A.P. Delaney

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Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: Goodie Mob
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.00 x 0.42 x 5.63 Inches
Release Date: 06/29/2004
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1. Synopsis - Featuring Big Rube
2. God I Wanna Live - Featuring Witchdoctor
3. 123 Goodie
4. Shawty Wanna Be A Gangsta
5. In Da Streets - Featuring Jasper Cameron
6. One Monkey
7. Dead Homies
8. Grindin - Featuring Bone Crusher
9. Goodiadvice
10. We Back
11. It Ain't Nothin' For Us
12. High & Low - Featuring Mario Simpson
13. What You See - Featuring Witchdoctor & Melanie 'Melba' Smith
14. Play Your Flutes - Featuring Kurupt & Sleepy Brown
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