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A faceless group playing jazzy music, curious song titles, a beautiful woman on the cover that makes you wonder from whence she came to be known, and it’s released on the Paisley Park imprint? Of course it’s That Guy From Minneapolis.
While this music may not sound extremely radical to jazz connoisseurs, for That Guy, it certainly marked a tonal shift and change of direction. Credits for this record are scarce, although it is generally known that That Guy, Eric Leeds, and a couple of others are involved. An amusing note in “Four” is that well-known fan and archivist of That Guy, namely the Roots’ ?uestlove, totally lifted it for one of The Roots songs (“Africa” by D’Angelo had a similar lifting). Anyone who is familiar with The Roots’ back catalogue will be able to spot it on first listen. This album and its sequel serve as some of the most compelling and interesting chapters in the saga of That Guy; though, his penchant for hiding his musical meanderings under different labels and outfits (there was a performance group associated with Madhouse, including the woman on the cover) seemed to backfire in this regard. By the way, the woman on the cover’s name is Maneca Lightner.