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EASY STAR ALL-STARS: DUB SIDE OF THE MOON (PINK FLOYD)

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3.14 | 25 ratings

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memowakeman
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3 stars Breathe, breathe in the air....

Well that are the first words (sung) in the Darkside of the Moon, so that was the first on my mind. This is a tribute to Pink Floyd as you can imagine, but not only to the band itself, but to the DSOTM as an album in particular, that album that you could love or hate, or maybe only consider it as an average album, i particularly love it but thatīs not the point of this review.

It was funny when a friend told me about reggae versions of Pink Floyd and Radioheadīs songs, honestly i didnīt believe it and i thought it was a bad joke, but then he lent me this album and i said wow, because it was something that i didnīt expect. I dont really know the history of Easy Star All Stars, but im afraid there are a group talented musicians from jamaica and some parts of the world (maybe im wrong) who took one of their main influences and decided to cover it completely, i donīt know and care if this was made in order to commercial success, but iīd like to believe that the original DSOTM is also loved in Jamaica or Africa wherever ESAS belong and that it was the reason of itīs creation. Not always we will find covers of a complete album, we all know so many covers but only one or two song, this time they covered and intrepretate the whole DSOTM, but with a detail, they put the word "Dub" instead of Dark, pretty silly and funny.

Well, as i pointed out above, they play the whole album, but with their particular style, there are lots of musicians involved here, every character has a different role and instrument, though i think there is one different singer per song, the music here is mainly reggae with a electronic style, we can notice that since the first guitar notes, itīs totally reggae but not the one alike to Bob Marley etc, this is different, more atmospheric and creative i think. They put thei personal touch also in the lyrics, i mean, they dont change any of the lyrics but they add some of them in various passages, for example in Money after the sax interlude thereīs a kind of "break" the rythm is the same, but the music and lyrics totally different, also there are lots of silly and different sounds, for instance in Time you wonīt hear the classic alarm, but a coo coo which sounds very funny, or in Money, besides the money sounds you will hear some bong-smoke sounds, giving the idea of a pot oriented song. Besides the whole DSOTM, there are also 4 bonus tracks which are actually alternatives versions of some songs like Time or Gig in the Sky.

The album is pretty good if you like reggae music, just a bit, and of course if you like the DSOTM, i personally like it but this is something that i wonīt listen very often, just in some occassions, a nice effort was done here, good tribute album, 3 stars for me.

memowakeman | 3/5 |

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