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Slightly Stoopid

Slightly Stoopid: ChronchitisChronchitis (2007)
Stoopid / Controlled Substance

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What on earth happened to Slightly Stoopid? Even their disordered stylistic evolution should not have led to this. Starting out playing immature Operation Ivy-influenced ska-punk on their self-titled debut, the band went on to craft one of the best California reggae/punk albums of the last decade in.
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What on earth happened to Slightly Stoopid? Even their disordered stylistic evolution should not have led to this. Starting out playing immature Operation Ivy-influenced ska-punk on their self-titled debut, the band went on to craft one of the best California reggae/punk albums of the last decade in 1999's The Longest Barrel Ride. Springboarding off the moderate success of TLBR and constant touring found Slightly Stoopid with a larger budget, and the polished surf-reggae of Everything You Need emerged, tainted only by a glut of goofy white hip-hop attempts. Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct ensued with a smooth but tepid product, followed by 2005's Closer to the Sun, a spread of catchy reggae dub with sprinkles of punk and blues. But now there's this. This is Chronchitis. This is background music.

It's hard to fault Slightly Stoopid for making it a priority to keep evolving. Bands that remain stagnant creatively often leave a sour taste when their albums become predictable and uninspired, a symptom that seems to hit punk the hardest. In that dimension, Slightly Stoopid has succeeded in managing to keep stretching stylistic boundaries without losing too many fans along the way. However, with Chronchitis, the band is unable to match the quality of their previous work, and is in turn left with a 17-song dud.

"Anywhere I Go" gently opens Chronchitis with monotone melodies and an elevator full of ennui. More flat acoustics Ă¡ la Jack Johnson follow in "The Otherside" with a peculiar hip-hop guest spot from Guru of NYC duo Gang Starr and synths by Money Mark of Beastie Boys fame. The song as a whole isn't particularly engaging, though Guru's lyrical contributions do help substantially: "War and poverty, violence and hate are all connected / But you ain't tryin' to relate / One man's pleasure could be the next man's sorrow / There's no such thing as loyalty, no good examples to follow / All we're hearing is ****, time to fix the distortion / Nothin' but death and disease in epidemic proportions / The order of the day is hate and greed / Time to take the lead, supply the basic needs / Deal with it or you could deny it / From the worst comes the best / From the lowest comes the highest." "Hold on to the One" is nothing but acoustic pop-rock that even goes so far as to bite a measure from Des'ree's mid-`90s hit "You Gotta Be." Finally, some of Slightly Stoopid's trademark two-chord reggae with dripping electric guitar effects appears in "Nobody Knows" along with the album's first memorable chorus, and the digitized dub of "Above the Clouds" follows, with a somewhat flat tone, but interesting horn and synth work.

The best music on the album comes from the surf & blues "Ocean," which unfortunately doesn't feature much more than a chorus lyrically. "Jimi" boasts some fine acoustic fingerplay, but is more of a jam than a song, while "Breakbeat" is essentially filler. "Girl U So Fine" takes up nearly six minutes, but doesn't do much until about the five-minute mark when guest vocalist Toko Tasi toasts soothingly above the acoustic guitars. "Reward for Me" rounds out the album in exceedingly banal fashion like most recent Stoopid records, unplugged and inert.

In the 17 songs on Chronchitis, only the soothing electric reggae dub of "Ever Really Wanted" comes close to matching what Slightly Stoopid fans would expect. It seems like the band spent far too much time going for a "mellow mood" (pardon the pun, punk) than crafting catchy and memorable songs. I hate to say it in such harsh fashion, but I truly regret wasting my money on Chronchitis. Slightly Stoopid can do much better.

 

 
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AlexMH (April 7, 2009)

Damn everyone on this page needs to just take the music for what it is...stop criticizing the music and just enjoy it and if you dont like it then leave it alone you dont gotta say shit about it to make yourself feel better do me a favor spark up a blunt put on this album and take it for what it is...not for what you think it should be YOU NIGGAHS DIDNT MAKE IT

ksupilot (December 27, 2008)

I've given this album a lot of time to grow on me, and surprisingly it has. It isn't my favorite release from SS, but there is some great stuff to be heard on Chronchitis. I know some have criticized the lack of punk on this one, but I've personally never liked the SS punk tracks.
This band has talent, and the musicianship on Chroncitis is what really shines.

darkspark (September 20, 2007)

i love SS, saw them live in london a couple of months back and they killed, but i have to say this record is strictly average. it is a grower, but it aint got no great songs. 2am is about it and that barely registers. as is clear there aint no punk rock on this record as such. there aint even much in the way of dub, its just jazzy, bluesy acoustic stuff. its like theyre finding their way all over again as a 5 piece. theres nothing wrong with the songs but they aint a patch on closer to the sun, and they bland. miles(who is my favourite singer in the band) im afraid to say doesnt kill it at all on this, and kyles distinctive parts just sound like the same old thats gone before on previous efforts. i agree with the review above that says this is background music. no more. lets hope the boys get their hunger back.

elephantdwarf (September 13, 2007)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. that was me laughing at you for being so stereotypical in your "bro" rebuttal. way to call people "fags" and really let your intelligence shine! i'm pretty sure these last 4 comments were from the same person under different names they made up. and for the record, nothing this band does is original. and even if it was, shitty music is shitty music. and way to have a broad assumption of what i listen to in your directed attacks towards me. you really have no clue, brah

dutchmaster (September 12, 2007)

In other words elephant fuck, lemme see you come out with an imaginative, good album that doesn't fall into any cultural normalities, then you can talk shit. the whole underground scene is a fuckin marketing scam anyway, they don't publicize the shit cause they know they wouldn't be able to sell as much crap to stupid ass mother fuckers like you that believe your own bullshit so much that you actually think you're being origional. go back to circle jerking your fuckin dungeons and dragons friends and listening to death metal and cutting yourself you wannabe gimp motherfucker. everything is a scene, even hating the scene is a fuckin scene. so fuck you poser.

dutchmaster (September 11, 2007)

oh yeah, fuck you elephant dwarf. i've lived in san diego my whole life IN POVERTY and i still like this band. anti-social goth fags are a dime a dozen too mother fucker, they just have a worse time.

dutchmaster (September 11, 2007)

ahhh, the infamous "the only reason frat guys get laid is cause they date-rape chicks" explanation. I hate frat fags myself, but I think they get laid because they don't sit around and post messages on a fuckin b-rate punk website all day. I love this bands music, even the new shit. So fuck all you greasy-ass, v-card carryin, straight edge, goth fag mother fuckers. Just because you haven't had a good time, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

p.s. fuck this website

vaginapizza (September 7, 2007)

seriously...ignorance pisses me the fuck off. ok, this album isn't great, but these guys have some serious talent. guitar and bass and vocals, that's some shit bro(no sarcasm with that "bro"). listen to "zeplike"(or almost any other song, for that matter) on CTTS(which to you "they know nothing about reggae" fags: was co-produced by the scientist, who you probably don't even know about).

so, to all you gay ass, punk rock, jean jacket, patch wearing, five color mohawk having sons of bitches: your taste in music is not the best and most refined, and i'd appreciate if you'd chill the fuck out and try to come out of your little world and stop trying to be all punk and shit by hating on random ass internet people.

peace.

slimajwb (September 7, 2007)

Well I wouldn't say that I like this one as much as CTTS or TLBR, your writers need to listen to the album more than once before they give a bad review. I listened to it 5 times cover to cover before I really appreciated all the songs (although there are a couple still I can't get through.) Maybe you should listen to it a little louder with the bass up. Anywhere I Go is a brilliant song, SS is getting back to reggae roots and that is overwhelmingly evident on their latest effort. Your just mad because they are evolving beyond shitty 3 chord punk songs. When you need to use a lot of distortion in every song it doesn't make you hardcore; you are trying to cover up the wrong notes you're hitting with volume and noise. Just because it doesn't sound like fucking Anti-Flag doesn't make it shitty.

Anonymous (August 31, 2007)

Fuck this stoner-reggae-crap bullshit. If this band, Pepper, and any other band that churns out this crap all died, I'd be fucking happy.

Anonymous (August 31, 2007)

yeah, and you would be sweet if you swallowed, princess.

So you go from making a joke about how the band appeals to "sexist frat boys" then you make a joke like that? Wow, your brain cell must get awfully lonely up there.

Anonymous (August 30, 2007)

yeah, and you would be sweet if you swallowed, princess.

Anonymous (August 30, 2007)

this would be sweet if i liked to pop my collar and date rape chicks in the frat house.

You would be sweet if you didnt make crappy jokes

Anonymous (August 30, 2007)

this would be sweet if i liked to pop my collar and date rape chicks in the frat house.

elephantdwarf (August 30, 2007)

after they finish with this joke of a music scene, they usually move on to the equally horrible dropkick murphys and/or rockabilly scene. they give themselves 'mohawks' and think they are down with the punk kids. but they still drive their lifted trucks and have the same shitty 'brah' demeanor. my time in san diego would have been even better had these d-bags not existed, or simultaneously driven off a cliff in a giant lifted truck in the desert when they were 'Froadin.

joshcbfl (August 30, 2007)

elephantdwarf : I know that you couldn't see the sarcasm on the internet, but I was trying to sound like a frat boy jock when I said, "Damn, bro."

I know exactly the audience you're talking about. I saw them all when I went to a Mad Caddies show a few months back... MC opened for Pepper, which brought more khaki shorts with fake rips, Jesus sandals, and shell necklaces than is necessary.

Anonymous (August 30, 2007)

elephantdwarf speaks the truth.

Anonymous (August 29, 2007)

What's wrong with the Allman Bros?

elephantdwarf (August 29, 2007)

"elephant take it easy man I'm sure this sucks dog shit and frat boys suck but this is the internets.

- JD"

sorry. i used to live in san diego and the type of people that listen to this garbage there are a dime a dozen and they are all just as vapidly predictable and uniformly unimaginative as this bands music will ever be. cookie cutter "brah" attitudes and dictated style and interests run rampant among their meaningless existence. raised F150, glamus driving douchebags.

Anonymous (August 29, 2007)

I miss the good old Longest Barrel Ride days! It will probably never be the same, even if the band says they are going to get back to their roots, it never happens. EVER!

Anonymous (August 29, 2007)

The only good thing I can say about this band is that they are better than Pepper. That's it.

Ianw (August 29, 2007)

god this is retarted

Anonymous (August 29, 2007)

"Get infected with what? the herpes you contracted from the girl you roofied and later had your way with at the sweet keg party on ocean beach? you know... the one with the sandals and hemp necklaces as far as the eyes could see. it probably reeked of patchouli and drakkar noir, or to put it another way, rich white college kids that put this record on after that bob marley record finished, but before that allman brothers record."

Awesome.

-Greenvandal

joshcbfl (August 29, 2007)

"Get infected with what? the herpes you contracted from the girl you roofied and later had your way with at the sweet keg party on ocean beach? you know... the one with the sandals and hemp necklaces as far as the eyes could see. it probably reeked of patchouli and drakkar noir, or to put it another way, rich white college kids that put this record on after that bob marley record finished, but before that allman brothers record."

Damn, bro.

Anonymous (August 29, 2007)

this is weird. so fucking weird. i don't know if i can take this anymore. Please god help me. Please god save me.

Anonymous (August 29, 2007)

elephant take it easy man I'm sure this sucks dog shit and frat boys suck but this is the internets.

- JD

elephantdwarf (August 29, 2007)

yes. because "chronchitis" is a real thing, so i could therefore totally "GET INFECTED". fuck you. go listen to sublime you khaki short wearing motherfucker.

Anonymous (August 29, 2007)

wow, way to look like a dumbass elephantdwarf. in your hasty attempt to prove your superior taste in music, the reference to the album name whooshed completely over your head.

elephantdwarf (August 29, 2007)

"I think this album is very good. Yes, some songs suck...but some songs KILL

And for the punkers out there who are feeling overlooked on Chronchitis, there is supposed to be an ALL punk EP being released soon that will only be available on the internet

GET INFECTED"

Get infected with what? the herpes you contracted from the girl you roofied and later had your way with at the sweet keg party on ocean beach? you know... the one with the sandals and hemp necklaces as far as the eyes could see. it probably reeked of patchouli and drakkar noir, or to put it another way, rich white college kids that put this record on after that bob marley record finished, but before that allman brothers record.

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

Brainless, heartless, soulless trash. Music for white kids who don't know what real reggae, dub, or music is.

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

this album is definitely a grower. i was disappointed at first due to the lack of punk and overall mellower mood but it really grew on me

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

I am on e of the biggest stoopid fans out there. Seen them live dozens of times, and got all the albums. This album is not good. I hate the new blues direction that Miles incorporates into all his songs. Kyle has always been my least favorite vocalist in the band and I think his songs are actually better than Miles this time. Longest Barrel Ride is Slightly Stoopid's best Work by far. That album made you litterally feel like you were surfing or just hangin at the beach all day. Chronchinitis is a HUGE dissapointment, I can barely even stand to listen to it. I wish they would get back to their roots, I don't really want an ALL punk cd that is Just on the internet, what I want is a good SS album that I know they are capable of doing.

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

Anything with ska or reggae elements is bound to be bad.

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

Frat boy and Neo-hippie trash.

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

I think this album is very good. Yes, some songs suck...but some songs KILL

And for the punkers out there who are feeling overlooked on Chronchitis, there is supposed to be an ALL punk EP being released soon that will only be available on the internet

GET INFECTED

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

it's not that I have a thing against hippies, its anyone who takes pride in looking disgusting. this includes street punx, too.

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

i hate hippies!

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

this album is an awesome dub record

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

i hate little kids who think they are punk and try to cry "i hate hippies". get a clue asshole.

Anonymous (August 28, 2007)

i fucking hate hippies

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