Speech – Spiritual People

Early-'90s flavour-of-year follows up multi-million-selling solo debut

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Speech’s second solo album since his former group Arrested Development’s briefly entertaining career ended in ’95 was recorded at home in Georgia, and shows ambitious diversity (folk and reggae, as well as sandy, sleepy hip hop). Perhaps not dangerous enough to be any kind of alternative and too unfocused to score as pop, there’s still something likeable about his easy shrug of the shoulders. The title track recalls “Mr Wendell” and its breezy feel, and he lightly jibes the “ghetto fabulous” while chit-chatting about his flower-power Volkswagen and being late for his own funeral. Hippie hop, actually.

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