CD Review: Lettuce "Crush"

Busting right out of the gate with monster funk numbers in “The Force,” “Get Greasy,” and “Chief,” Erick Croomes and his Boston outfit make it clear that their fourth album is aptly titled.
By Jon D'Auria ,

Busting right out of the gate with monster funk numbers in “The Force,” “Get Greasy,” and “Chief,” Erick Croomes and his Boston outfit make it clear that their fourth album is aptly titled. On Crush, Croomes blends classic funk sounds with modern twists, as he jumps from vibing on Rocco Prestia- and Verdine White-styled lines to almost dub/hip-hop feels on “Lude (1–3)” and “Trilogy.” But thanks to powerful horn sections and a scorching bass line, “Pocket Change” steals the show as the funkiest cut.