Flesh & Bone
Fifth Dog Lets Loose
If one word could be used to describe Flesh-N-Bone's sophomore album it would be eccentric. Then again
all productions from the Bone camp
have been slightly eccentric. In fact, 5th
Dog Let Loose, is so helter skelter that it is extremely difficult to make
sense of most of the songs. The title is never explained, which only adds to
the mysteriousness of the record. Unfortunately, like most solo Bone albums this one falls flat.
With the exception of a paltry few tracks, the majority of the songs have little that distinguish themselves from one another. The elements that made Bone an interesting group in the past are not present here: the blending of five superb sing-songy voices, and even more importantly the ominous and majestic production of DJ Uneek. Most of the beats are lackluster and erratic, and the novelty of Flesh's rapid syllabic flow has definitely worn off. At one time Bone fans may have been enthralled with deciphering the group's lyrics, but there is little on 5th Dog Let Loose that would inspire one to do the same. Perhaps the most detrimental setback to this album is the absence of any decipherable, distinguishable, or lovable choruses. The few good tracks are those with entertaining hooks. Amen with Montell Jordan is the album's highlight, and uses the same sample that made Outkast's Git Up, Git Out a hit many years ago. Way Back, and If You Could See featuring Flesh's Bone compatriots are the only other songs of notable value.
5th Dog Let Loose makes it all that much more evident that Bone's once platinum reign on the music charts is unequivocally over.