- Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Kartel
- ASIN: B000ICLT9G
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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It's a different sounding album then most US music listeners would be accustomed to, as it's a far cry from the pop that's scattered across our top 40. However, in New Zealand, this album has been on their top 40 chart for an astonishing 90 weeks and counting, and was the biggest selling album in NZ in 2006. It's no wonder, as this is a quality album, by a unique musical collaboration. Mixing jazz, electronica, reggae, and soulful vocals, Fat Freddy's Drop have created a mind opening venture into current music trends.
The album features the singles Flashback, a vocal track which sounds reminiscent of 60's Motown; Wandering Eye, probably the most mainstream sounding vocal track on the album; Roady, a playful dub track with some slick lyrics from guest Ladi 6; Ernie, a jazzy downtempo track with a full 4 minutes of soothing piano melody until the vocals finally kick in; and one of my favorites, Cay's Crays, which features the ultra catchy chorus line, "the skank be the rock in my life".Read more ›
The first couple of songs have a heavy reggae beat and at first I thought, okay, this is a reggae band. WRONG. They're actually a reggae/dub/R&B/blues/soul/jazz band. And probably a few other genres I won't figure out until after repeated listenings. The really remarkable thing is how they are able to fuse all these genres together to create an incredibly tight sound that just gets under your skin, I don't know any other way to put it.
As corny as it sounds, this CD is just plain grooooovy, man. If the sound samples here on Amazon sound intriguing AT ALL to you, just get out your wallet and buy it immediately. The whole is much, much more than the sum of its parts.
fat Freddy's Drop make music with dub and reggae roots. They're unafraid of long tracks. The music is flavoured with jazz and soul. Strong brass, bass and piano.
Try this uncategorisable and original Wellington ensemble. True summery music.
Other great New Zealand artists to check out if you enjoy this are Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds, Salmonella Dub, Kora, and Hollie Smith(she can be heard on some of FFD's tracks and has an EP out). Conscious Roots 2 is a great compilation to listen to for an ontroduction to different NZ artists. I am a roots lover, so my recommendations reflect that...Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is fantastic soul/reggae music. The singer has a voice like honey, I'd compare it to maybe the singer from Blues Traveler, with a bit of Ben Harper and Aaron Neville, but its... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A friend was playing "Wandering Eye" one night on a playlist and I said to her, "that's the best song you played all night!" She of course told me who it was... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Burgerpunk
I purchased 2 of Fat Freddys albums for my husband. He's a drummer and has listened to these albums continuously since. He is still not tired of them. Great choice!Published 13 months ago by M. Lane
Unbelievably good. Great reggae/dub beats, perfect for a chilled Sunday afternoon.Published 18 months ago by MJW