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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Emily Ritchie

Drunk Thun­der­cat Brain­feeder Stephen Bruner, the Grammy Award-win­ning bassist and singer bet­ter known as Thun­der­cat, has de­liv­ered an al­bum that lives up to its name. Drunk is an in­tox­i­cat­ingly fresh and funk-fu­elled jour­ney into the 1970s. The 23-track al­bum is jam-packed with note­wor­thy con­trib­u­tors, in­clud­ing Kenny Log­gins, Michael McDon­ald, Fly­ing Lo­tus, Ken­drick La­mar and Phar­rell Wil­liams. Drunk, the third full-length al­bum for the Los An­ge­les na­tive, uses hu­mour to off­set heavy emo­tion in a suite of tracks that de­tail al­co­holism, drug use, so­cial media de­pen­dency, grief and heart­break. The ti­tle track sits squarely in easy-lis­ten­ing ter­ri­tory, driven by a mellow tone. Show You the Way is a crisp groove punc­tu­ated with stac­cato rhythm, Bus in these Streets is a cute Mo­town jin­gle and Lava Lamp is a dul­cet lament. Walk on By fea­tures La­mar rap­ping over an un­con­ven­tional beat and Friend Zone is a stand­out with its pierc­ing elec­tronic os­ti­nato. Thun­der­cat also in­cluded his in­fec­tious 2015 hit Them Changes. Al­though he has made a name for him­self through vig­or­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion, this al­bum so­lid­i­fies Thun­der­cat as a mu­si­cian in his own right.

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