While the record is the third full length from Funkadelic, there is something to say about the incineration and adaptation that comes from the progression of their sound. Not only sampled continuously in music nearly fifty-years later, but Maggot Brain is still one of the strongest fusions of sound coming from this era of funk. With an all-star lineup of around 15-credited artists in just the grouping of the band, Funkadelic was more of an ensemble that created together rather than a small piece production.
From the opening self-titled track “Maggot Brain” that stretches into 10-minutes of fairly abstract instrumentation and spoken word;; the track is a gentle curtain pull but stands out like a mountain. The foundation of the track is somewhat independent of the record’s remainder and focuses more on the free rein technique of emotional pouring rather than rigid track formation. Every moment on “Maggot Brain” is built for inspiration and experimenting with sound as a medium which then transitions into the very catchy, almost perfectly shaped work of “Can You Get To That.”
This is one of the constant variables of the Maggot Brain equation that sculpts a time machine back into the ’70s with jamboree-esque performance levels. Even with the last track “Wars of Armageddon” which is essentially a reworking and almost exact opposite comparison to “Maggot Brain’s” more tense building ideas. “Wars of Armageddon” adopts to be a faster, more animalistic ending to a seemingly calm and collected record.
From the Afrocentric cover art accompanied by Barbara Cheeseborough to the deadly allusion with a skull placed in the dirt on the back cover; Funkadelic sends a mutual message to the listener through approachable sound. No matter the age or time, Maggot Brain continues to break through as a reference piece.