Having broken New Zealand's record for most weeks atop the sales chart, Based on a True Story finally reaches US shores. FFD, led by the soulful Joe Dukie, taps into an appealing form of bluesy, reggae-inspired, lengthy songwriting: rare considering what constitutes popular music. The hypnotic swing of basslines and keyboard stabs immediately draws the ear in. The further combination of live horns, a remarkable drummer, and a DJ round out a sound somewhere between Motown-era funk and modern soul. When Dukie poetically declares "We do it for the love of music," there's no fiction in sight.