Blending hip hop and reggae music has been around for quite some time as Jamaicans in brought hip hop with them to NYC (check out U Roy, Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone). When I first heard about this album I thought it had great potential to be A) a stepping stone for more recognition of modern Jamaican music in American pop culture, and B) An opportunity for an established rapper to put out a conscious Africa centered album. I feel the results are mediocre at best. Don't get me wrong a handful of the songs are top quality. The album starts on a high note with As We Enter which has an early 90's - late 80's Supercat raw dancehall kinda feel. Thing is they never get back to the form they have in "As We Enter". Let me rephrase that, Nas never regains his form. The only other track that Nas delivers on is "Nah Mean". This is Damian show. The track "Friends" starts off with a great melodic feel and Nas's verse ruins the track. I feel like this was more of an opportunity for Damian to do a hip-hop style album than it was for Nas to do a dancehall style album.
Nuff Said, Rasta Bless
I was looking forward to this release and picked it up along with the new Steve Miller release "Bingo" the same day. The Petty is musically excellent. These guys can play. Sonically it's also great, but...it left me flat. Seems as if I'd heard it all before. Touches of Zep and the Beatles ring out, but the band doesn't really kick out the jams like I expected. It's all so controlled. Perfectly controlled. A bit lifeless.
Steve Millers release has more life to it. It's the same Steve 'Guitar Miller" and contains his trademark sense of humor. Great playing and a guest vocalist keeps it interesting. It's all covers and done well. I think it will get more time in the player than the Petty but they do go together well.
I would have to respectfully disagree with BobZ, having happily been introduced to this band on KXCI not only did I pick up their fantastically fun albums, as did my girlfriend, but we can't wait for their swingin' gypsy show tonight at the Plaza Palomino. Balkan-rockabilly-flamenco-gypsy-jazz...this talented group has a great sound!
err, i guess i should say the youtube clip below these 2 comments, lol.
the above youtube clip the actual video for "Spit Don't Make No Babies" :o)
Cosmic Slop - "Spit Don't Make No Babies"
Where do you find these bands. The two dozen or so people who will actually buy this cd may love them, but anybody who like music will write them off. Listened to samples...no thanks.
Viva Gigante Panoche! Long live "indie-rockers. Monster Pussy = great fun combined with great spirit.
I hope this is the last album. His music is boring, predictible and has no soul.
I have always found this band very derivative. Seems like the song writers know their 60's music and are prone to write off of that. Didn't like this effort
Right on. A very good cd by a bunch of players who are coming together.
It's safe to say that you've never listened to any other minus the bear albums, otherwise you would know that Snider's lyrical style is recurrent and as knowable as any other synth rock lyricists. OMNI offers Minus the Bear's best attempt to date to break through as a mainstream band and I think that in spite of opinion's like yours, it's still going to happen. The collision of guitar, synth, and harmony is what makes Minus the Bear great and on their sixth full length album they hit it out of the park with ten catchy, unique pieces.
Correct Lyrics to Birthday Boy:
Which ones the birthday boy?
she said I ain't got all night
What'd your mama name you?
You can call me what you like
Every skinny mystery gotta make it hard somehow
Sit your narrow ass down hot shot
I'll solve yours right now
Go see this band. If you've never heard of them, go see them. If you have heard of them, go see them. Great music, songwriting, guitar playing, and all around awesome performers.
I went to see Pat Metheny last night. While I appreciate the technology and inovation that goes into producing such a show.. I would have much rather seen a band instead of a computer playing the backing music.
Have been a huge fan of Pats' since the 1978 "Pat Metheny Group" album (pre-CD days!) and wore out 2 copies. While I think he's at his best when collaborating with Lyle Mays, nonetheless he's an amazing guitar player and always worth seeing.
Thanks for the good words, Eric! It's great to get some feedback on what we're doing, especially in a public forum. Thanks for taking the time to listen and write about us.
We're really excited about this show this Saturday! We will actually have all 4 of our records for sale at the show... which is unusual for us because they're free to download at the website. But we understand that some folks don't want to go to the trouble of downloading, and burning a CD. So we're selling them for just enough to cover our costs.
Anyway, thanks again! Maybe we'll see you at the show - Vikas said he'll buy you a drink.
Not to split sloth hairs, but what the review actually says is that the album peaks with its first single ("Heaven Can Wait," which is track 5) and "Time of the Assassins," track 8. I tend to agree that the album's middle section is the strongest part, and I submit that "Trick Pony" (track9) is also a high point.
It is never a good review when it says the album peaks at its first song. yikes!
VW...flavor of the day. They'll disappear eventually.
Sucks,,,,even Beck can't save this.
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