Righteous Sound Production
review by Jack Bandit
2nd studio album (61 min.) from Indubious, who are a power trio straight out of Rogue Valley, Oregon. The opener, “Be Kind”, tells of a man who was searching and found another man that taught him to spread love and kindness to all. Highlights include “Disillusionize” (which sounds upbeat probably meant to be herd at a night club), “Keep Lovin” (laid back sound featuring label mate Alcyon Massive), and the hard hitting “Golden Tongue” with horns in the chorus, a tasty bass line and deejay Prezident Brown.
Purists may be unsatisfied while others like myself will enjoy the different sounds that are offered here. Going back to the night club sound mentioned above other songs fall into this category like “Presto Chango” which uses auto-tune to some good effect, “Hard Life” which… doesn’t, “Golden Tongue”, and “No More Enemies”. “Bring The Light” is the most bangin’ and danceable song on the album & is sure to get you moving in some way, shape, or form. This sound could hint at what they sound like live (a guess, I’ve never seen them live). Tracks rooted more in reggae are “Be Kind” and “Keep Lovin”.”Can I” is definitely the slowest song on the album, while “Live Indubiously”, and “Pirate’s Rum” sound lively and talk about drinking & thinking about the effects. Lastly expect some funk, departing from reggae with songs like “Mushroom Man”, the title track, and “2R2R” with traces of reggae but is more “intergalactic reggae” as Indubious themselves call it.
For instruments bass player Spencer “Skip Wicked” Burton shows his technically skilled ability and fat bass riffs which deliver an explosive punch. He’s rightfully compared to Les Claypool with “Mushroom Man” sounding funky & psychedelic in the sense that Les could have written it himself. Brother Evan ” Evton B” Burton also provides great vocals & steps up on the keys to play traditional reggae notes as well as spaced out fuzzy synthesized ones on the funky tracks. Newcomer Bobby “One Sock” Templin holds his own on drums while keeping everything together.
Overall the instruments in general are the best part of this CD. Pretty good lyrics although some songs seeming too simply/plain or straight forward (”Blessed With Success” comes to mind) but others touch on good subjects like spreading joy and the negative effects of drinking. Bottom line, they bring the funk and tit makes them along with his album versatile that can be enjoyed by all including fans of other genres. FCC ok Bass solo and “While We Burn” jam
Favs: *1,3,*5, 8 Funky Tracks: 9,15 released Nov. 15, 2009