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Mad Caddies: Dirty RiceDirty Rice (2014)
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Dirty Rice is the Mad Caddies' sixth full-length and it's their first release in seven years. They do have their ska punk/reggae feel on this album, but they've gone a little bit poppier with some songs like "Brand New Scar," "Down and Out" and "Back to the Bed." But don't let that throw you off bec.
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Dirty Rice is the Mad Caddies' sixth full-length and it's their first release in seven years. They do have their ska punk/reggae feel on this album, but they've gone a little bit poppier with some songs like "Brand New Scar," "Down and Out" and "Back to the Bed." But don't let that throw you off because Dirty Rice is a pretty ska-dominated album with a lot of creative beats and rhythms. One song that probably has the most purely punk sound is a song called "Bring It Down" that has fast and distorted guitars that back up lyrics that have a fantastic message: "They're pushing the drugs and they market the fear/The police state is already here/So for now I pledge allegiance to hippies, punks, geeks and queers." Then a slower bridge section follows where the horn section plays the same notes that Chuck Robertson sings (a very nice touch), which is followed by a screaming guitar solo. The Caddies also mixed the louder and more distorted guitar with their reggae sound in a track called "Cali Song." It has a killer guitar intro that leads into a very slow, more traditional reggae song. Interestingly, they end Dirty Rice on a softer note. The last track, "Drinking the Night Away," is a ballad-esque, acoustic song that only consists of an acoustic guitar, some drums and a ukulele, all while maintaining their ska/reggae characteristics.

Overall, the Mad Caddies still have it. Seeing how this is their first new material in seven years, its pretty impressive that they were able to write such a solid album.

You can listen to the track "Down and Out" here.

 

 
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levidolphin (June 7, 2014)

Nowhere near as good as Keep it Going. Very disappointed. :(...

Nunnerz (May 15, 2014)

I miss the Duck and Cover/Quality Soft Core days...Dont get me wrong, they are still a great band, and have written some great stuff since. However, there seems to be a lack of "MAD" in the CADDIES

puddboy (May 15, 2014)

This review reads like a 3rd grade book report.

fox82 (May 15, 2014)

The Elwood record was far superior, but still pretty decent.

pufferfish (May 14, 2014)

I'm with egg_face. I wish this had more of those manic Just One More-style songs, along with more slow reggae songs in the vein of "Drinking for 11" and "Spare Change?"

egg_face (May 14, 2014)

good album - but i was hoping for the faster manic type a la JUST ONE MORE. A little bit too slow for me.

pinkerton (May 14, 2014)

Terrible review. At least reference a few of their earlier albums so I have an idea of where they are going with this record.

I know punknews sucks now but damn.....

therightclique (May 13, 2014)

It isn't a particularly special album after such an absence. Nothing on it is bad, but nothing is all that great either. It's very inconsistent in tone, for one thing.

3pidemiC (May 13, 2014)

So....what was the reason to give it 3.5/5?

I'm not finding any criticism here.

Just curious.

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