|Volume 93, Issue 39
Tuesday, November 9, 1999
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Allstars jump Right Back into it
Since the tragic death of Sublime singer Bradley Nowell, the remainder of his band, the Long Beach Allstars, has managed to release four albums, two home videos and all kinds of other merchandise. However, most fans would agree that musically, they haven't come close to capturing the real essence of what was Sublime.
What people need to remember, however, is that the Long Beach Dub Allstars are not Sublime. The remaining band members are accompanied by two new singers, a bunch of guest MCs and a free-form horn section.
The final result is an unusual, mellow, feel-good reggae dub sound slightly resembling that of Sublime.
Their first release, Right Back, begins unexpectedly with "righteous dub," featuring reggae stalwart, Barrington Levy. This unique track mixes a ground bass with various drum beats and freestyle singing, matched with heavy reverb. The final product is a song that needs repeated listening to be fully appreciated.
The second track, "rosarito," jump starts the rest of the album immediately. This particular song is absolutely fantastic and demonstrates the potential strength of Right Back. It is a relaxing, slow-paced, reggae-style ska melody which proves perfect for any time of day. The first single released from the album, "trailer ras," is another notable track performed in more of a Sublime style, therefore not only meeting, but surpassing the expectations of fans.
As the album progresses, it throws some innovative curves, such as the song "kick down" featuring the rapper Dangr. This effort is performed by two singers who, at one point, actually rhyme back and forth over accompanying horns and a wah guitar.
Other songs like "new sun" and "fugazi" are more free-form, unpredictable dub tracks which are easily the weakest on the album.
All in all, the album is a success. The Long Beach Dub Allstars have managed to move on and, as the CD title suggests, get right back into the music scene.
Ð Dale Wyatt
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