Rolling Stone - 8/16/01, p.1053.5 stars out of 5
- "...Intergalactically funky..."
Entertainment Weekly - 7/20/01, p.68
"...One part singing, one part rapping, all parts fun, this nonstop celebration is a guaranteed party starter..." - Rating: B+
Vibe - 8/01, p.1654.5 discs out of 5
- "...Amazingly fresh....Brown shows no sign of slowing down here, as he and assorted friends get their freak on during a seamless but pulsating 64-minute set..."
Full Title: Your Game...Live At The 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
Personnel: Chuck Brown (vocals, guitar); Jas. Funk, Little Benny Harley, Big Tony Fisher, Robert "Dyke" Reed (vocals); Andre "White Boy" Johnson (guitar, background vocals); Bryan Mills (saxophone); Brad Clements (trumpet); Greg Boyer (trombone); Charlie Mitchell (keyboards); Glenn Ellis (bass); Milton Smith (drums); Robert Green, "Go Go" Mickey Freeman (percussion); Mark "Godfather" Lawson.
Recorded live at the 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. Includes liner notes by Kip Lornell.
Chuck Brown is known to R&B aficionados as one of the founding fathers of go-go, the minimalist, groove-based funk variant that enjoyed a brief vogue in the '80s (though Brown had been doing his thing since the '70s). Brown's up-and-down career has seen several stabs at stardom, but the one thing that's never changed has been his commitment to his sound.
As evidenced by this energetic live set, Brown's approach hasn't changed much over the years, for which we should be thankful. He's still pumping out the same brand of pulsing, sweaty, irresistibly danceable party music that turned him from a Washington, DC phenomenon into a national name decades ago. Whether he's churning out his take on the Stylistics' '70s R&B classic "People Make the World Go 'Round," or giving up the funk on his own tunes such as "Wind Me Up Chuck," Brown's sound is as hip-shaking and irrepressible as ever.