Let There Be Music
Released: March 1975
Chart Peak: #33
Weeks Charted: 32
This hot young band from Woodstock is (along with Little Feat) the best of the funky American rock & roll bands working today. They play with a jazzy riffing intelligence and show-off instrumental skill that few of their generation can even approach. Let There Be Music, their second album to be released in the States, is more tailored and somewhat more slickly produced than their debut LP, Orleans. But it's definitely the album to justify the faith that a lot of people seem to put in them.
That's just the A side. The flip has "Business as Usual," handsomely organized and phrased, with a message about apathy that isn't to be ignored. "Cold Spell" is the best energy-crisis song since Tower of Power's "Only So Much Oil in the Ground." Less successful is "Give One Heart": The lyric is sharp but a good rule is that white bands shouldn't play reggae since reggae lovers take the music very seriously and don't like to hear it tampered with. To his credit, drummer Kelly has the impossibly sprung rhythms down pretty well.
Part of the reason Let There Be Music plays so well on repeated listenings is Charlie Plotkin's production: The sound is alive and crisp and he realized that Orleans doesn't require much in the way of frills. But let yourself be cautioned that Orleans is a band that has to be heard in concert. Like some other good things, it's addictive.
- Stephen Davis, Rolling Stone, 4/24/75.
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