Album: The Relatives, The Electric Word (Yep Roc)

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Gospel-delic funk and sandpaper-voiced soul from a Texas family band whose back story is even better than their music.

First formed in 1970 by the brothers West, the Relatives infused Pentecostalism with Sly Stone-style grooves on a few legendary 45s. Now they've reformed, with a new album produced by Spoon's Jim Eno. "What's Wrong with America" is the masterpiece, doo-wop and social protest mixed with God-bothering. Someone book them for a festival, quick.