SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE — Stand! (aka Everyday People) (review)

SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE — Stand! (aka Everyday People) album cover Album · 1969 · Funk Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Warthur
Sly and the Family Stone's celebration of diversity was never louder or clearer or more optimistic and hopeful than on Stand!, and though Everyday People is more than a little saccharine, for the rest of the album the tone is perfectly judged, with the anthemic opening piece, the confrontational Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey and the rest of the tracks presenting a range of funk explorations of the state of the nation. The album hits a perfect balance between funk experimentalism and pop accessibility, and makes the perfect counterpart to the dark masterpiece which is There's a Riot Goin' On - in particular, the paranoid atmosphere of Somebody's Watching You seems to prefigure the murk which Sly was about to descend into.
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