Booker T. & the MG's
do what they do very well. What they do is present a spare, funky sound in which each instrument, drums (here played by Steve Jordan
or James Gadson
), bass, guitar, and organ, is heard distinctly, playing medium tempo melodies with slight variations. Precision is a key, and the result, while impressive, is anything but showy. Seventeen years since their last outing, the group exhibits the same qualities and the same limitations it did in its heyday.