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on August 21, 2007
We've waited patiently well into August for this masterpiece, and now the year's best album is going worldwide. "Street Gospels" will appeal to you on a spiritual level without getting religious. There is no trace of pretension, only the pure and driving sounds of musicians mentally and musically aligned. Jay Malinowski's impassioned vocals, raw as gravel and somewhere on the scale between Joe Strummer and Bob Marley, are the fire burning under the smoking basslines from Eon Sinclair and tight percussion of Pat Pengelly (who is backed with percussion from Bad Brains legend Darryl Jenifer on "Trinco Dog" and "Hearts in the Night.") Jenifer produced "Sounding a Mosaic" in 2004, the Soundclash album that pounded through soundsystems such radical rebel music as "Shelter," "Shadow of a Man," "Jeb Rand," and "Criminal." Soon, interest developed in the band's first release, "Root Fire," available in the US as a Canadian import, which only further cemented the Soundclash credibility.
Also of note are the gripping paintings and collages on each album's insert, apparently more works of art from the mind of Malinowski, whose stage presence is also amazing. On Canada Day this summer, the band played a magical show in Kingston, Ontario, where the band originated. The full moon rose over Lake Ontario as the lights of Kingston rippled on the water, all while Bedouin Soundclash was thrilling the chilling crowd.
With three crucial albums on the market, Bedouin Soundclash should have more influence, as so many songs are certain hits, even harder-to-find B-sides like "Jeb Rand is Sailin' On," a Bad Brains/Soundclash collusion, as well as a sharp cover of U2's "New Years Day," added as a bonus to the Japanese release of "Mosaic." Careful fans of "Grey's Anatomy" will recognize "12:59 Lullaby," from "Street Gospels," the tenderest of songs. Get your hands on this music and spread it. Your friends will thank you.
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on May 19, 2008
another smart record from bedouin soundclash. they consistently write very catchy punk/ska/reggae influenced rock songs. they keep it simple and do it well. thank you canada.
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on October 10, 2007
I bought the first cd probbly mostly because of lyrical quality and still listen to it this day. However, it really wasn't one I could share with freinds without an apathetic result. In this cd they have truly come into thier own musically and I've spread them much further with better results.
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on December 19, 2012
A friend of mine brought this cd with him when he came to visit. Listened to it a couple times over the weekend and had to have it. Great cd. Unique sound. I think most people would enjoy it.
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on November 25, 2013
they are Canadian but love to sing of all their troubles. not buying it. Good album. BS has a very distinctive sound and this is one of their better albums.
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on November 30, 2007
This album will appeal to a much larger audience than the previous albums have and the current singles will attract many more 14 year old girl fans. After an album as brilliant as "Sounding a Mosaic" its hard to know what to do; stick with that albums sound or go in a new direction? Bedouin incorporated some gospel feel to this album that personally, I just cant dig. It seems "Street Gospels" was made with more money is less time, the song writing hints this with some pretty bland material. With that said, I love Bedouin and I've been to at least five live shows since first seeing them at Bottom of The Hill(SF)...(and that was easily their best show). This isn't a bad album.In my opinion it just isn't as good as the previous albums.
But I'll say this, BEDOUIN BRING BACK THE DUB!
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on September 20, 2008
This cd is well done but is changing them sound, i dont like so much its really pop, i love the "Souning a Mosaic" cd! Please return to the sound of the old cds...
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on January 10, 2008
My god....This album is great. It makes my ears blush. Hard to explain what type of music this is.....I guess Canadian Reggae would fit it. Lovey, Love, Love.
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on December 23, 2007
I listen to stuff like this or a regular basis. I enjoy a variety of music, out side the box to which my peers grab their tunes from.
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