Don't Mess With The Dragon
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I would agree with some of the other reviewers that this isn't Ozo's best album. But it is still solid. It's upbeat and fun. Don't Mess with the Dragon is a party album, a feel-good record.
One complaint - the rapping is below average and has been for quite awhile now. They could really use a guest appearance by Chali 2na, of Jurassic 5, again. I could do without rap on any future Ozo albums.
Overall though, it's not mind-blowingly great, but it is good. And it's way better than 95% of the other new music you could be buying. So pick it up. It's hard to sit still and be unhappy when Ozo's coming through the speakers.
I love Street Signs, but this CD is a bit of an embarrasment. Everything is stripped down and simplified. The songs are silly and shallow for the most part. There are couple of OK moments, but after listening to this CD for the second time I felt like I'd heard enough.
If you are new to Ozo, skip this and buy Street Signs instead. Now THAT is a great album!
As has been said, Ozo's strength lies in their live performances; there's nothing like the energy of double-digit performers, musicians, and family members on stage, and this album does a great job translating that energy. It's a great pick-me-up, and a great party album. It's a great introduction to the band, and an equal addition to the Ozo library. Just don't expect a whole lot of innovation.
Having said that, I'll definitely be singing along to the songs from this album the next time they blow through town...and I'll see you there.
As good as all their recordings are, the only way to really listen to Ozo is live. I never miss a chance to see them. If they are ever in your neck of the woods, go! But be ready to move and dance!
Can't Stop: 10/10
I've always loved this track when they played it in concert, and the studio version is absolutely infectious. This is the perfect first single for their album. It combines rock, hip-hop, and pop with a little bit of world music flavor. If this doesn't get played on radio stations throughout the country, then they must think people don't want to listen to catchy music with a positive message.
City of Angels: 7/10
While I enjoy the instruments/music, I was really disappointed in the lyrics of the song. This is supposed to be an anthem for all of Los Angeles (including the grittier side) that's an update to the old Randy Newman song. However, after listening to song, it still leaves the listener wondering what L.A. is like. People from other large cities often criticize L.A. for not having any "soul." This song does little justice to the city. You really don't get a sense for the city's diverse neighborhoods or culture its people live. Aside from the name of a high school, a few streets, and a restaurant, you could get a similar sense of L.A. from various generic mid-90's rap songs.
After Party: 10/10
A great modern interpretation of 1960's R&B with a little bit of perfectly intertwined hip-hop. This is a great catchy anthem that's a hit at their live shows.Read more ›
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Ozomatli follows a formula here on this disc that has allowed them to find success. Their style is catchy and infectious with plenty of funk and rhythm. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Enrique Torres
My order arrived on time, but the inside of the CD case was broken. I will not be able to store the CD in this case anymore.Published on September 9, 2013 by Ricardo J Robles
This album gets you going! Similar to the style of bands such as Galactic, the band's energetic tunes never fail to make you move. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Hannah Bo
If you're a fan of Ozomatli and someone who'd never heard of them asked you what genre they are, chances are you wouldn't be able to give him/her an answer (what their very name... Read morePublished on September 17, 2007 by Anthony Rupert
Which may be why some listeners object. "Dragon's" good and it may be their entree into more acknowledgement. Read morePublished on July 1, 2007 by R. Kyle
Truth is, I barely liked this disk after the first listen. I thought the guys had "sold out" and made a disk that was too pop-ish, slick and lightweight. Read morePublished on June 18, 2007 by Dan G
Compared to the rest of the music Ozo has put out this is probably their most solid integration of various types of music. Read morePublished on June 11, 2007 by AvidReader
Their usual high energy with another "take" on the avenue of employing rap technique that helps someone who is 60 (which I am) appreciate one style of rap as a valid form of... Read morePublished on June 10, 2007 by Jay B.
A very eclectic mix of music. A little more mainstream than there last albums but they are still the most exciting band out there.Published on May 30, 2007 by C. Blust
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