It's been 38 years, but the timing couldn't have been better for a new Parliament album. Hard times like these call for interplanetary funksmanship and Medicaid Fraud Dogg is the perfect antidote for "One Nation Under Sedation" as the track "Pain Management" mentions.
Medicaid Fraud Dogg sees a revitalized George Clinton and the funk mob targeting pharmaceutical conglomerates, social media and police brutality over its 23 tracks, all while rocking that off-kilter P-Funk magic on deeply bouncy joints like "69," "I'm Gon Make U Sick O' Me" and the glorious stoopidity of "Riddle Me This."
Clinton's satirical edge still remains sharp on "Antisocial Media," a nearly haunting critique of Twitter addiction, its synth-chill indebted to Flying Lotus, while "Psychotropic," Backwoods" and "Proof Is in the Pudding" dominate the set's first half with the underrated, warped sensuality that permeated some of Parliament's best deep album tracks.
Like Funkadelic's 2014 comeback First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, Medicaid Fraud Dogg is a sprawling listen, and a few tracks, like the tedious "On Fire" could have been trimmed. But as Clinton prepares to land the Mothership for the last time next year, he's ending Parliament with the uncut funk its legacy deserves. (Independent)