Eclectic South Central band the Wylde Bunch offers a dynamic, alternative blend of hip-hop, rock, R&B and pop on its first album, which intertwines old-school ingredients with new-school ideas.

Eclectic South Central band the Wylde Bunch offers a dynamic, alternative blend of hip-hop, rock, R&B and pop on its first album, which intertwines old-school ingredients with new-school ideas. Also present is a full-on horn section. Much like OutKast, the 14-member Wylde Bunch manifests its sound with an indiscriminating ear, integrating the likes of Billy Joel ("Byg Shot"), "The Chronic"-era Dr. Dre ("Kat Daddy") and Earth, Wind & Fire ("That's What You Get"). At times lyrically immature and lacking in depth, the Wylde Bunch still manages to lay a solid freshman foundation filled with possibility that should mature over time.—MDS

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