Album Review: War - Evolutionary

Evolutionary - cover art

It’s been 20 years since the multi-ethnic and genre-bending group WAR released any new material and this two-disc set was a good way to go. Disc One is an array of fresh originals that retain that classic street level mix of soul, jazz, Latin and rock. They add some rap and hip-hop flourishes to contemporize things and, for the most part, it seems to work. The groove-laden “Mamacita” and power ballad “Everything” prove the band hasn’t lost their touch. But combining the new album with a re-mastered greatest hits collection on Disc Two takes the entire package to another level. – Eric A. Harabadian   

Far Out Productions/Universal • Producer: Lonnie Jordan and Jerry Goldstein •  Total Score: 9/10