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Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash: Street GospelsStreet Gospels (2007)
Dine Alone Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Though the Canadian music scene has always played host to some terrific output, the artists that are embraced by mainstream culture are often a bit embarrassing. Recently however, some of Canada's more promising groups are finally getting a spot in the limelight. While most of these come from Canada.
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Though the Canadian music scene has always played host to some terrific output, the artists that are embraced by mainstream culture are often a bit embarrassing. Recently however, some of Canada's more promising groups are finally getting a spot in the limelight. While most of these come from Canada's celebrated indie scene, one group is a little reggae-pop act known as Bedouin Soundclash, who had an unlikely rise to national fame a year after a track from their Stomp!-released sophomore album Sounding a Mosaic was featured in a Zellers ad and had a nation of Canucks humming along.

Looking to repeat that success, the group hasn't changed much for Street Gospels. They remain independent (Dine Alone Records in Canada, SideOneDummy elsewhere), vocalist Jay Malinowski continues to design the album art, Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer is once again behind the boards as producer, and the boys still play their chill mix of rock, reggae, punk, and soul with enough easy-listening appeal that your parents will probably be just as excited to hear it as you are. The largest change to be found is a good one: no remix tracks to end the disc (thank goodness).

From the opening notes of "Until We Burn in the Sun (The Kids Just Want a Love Song)" to the closing ones of "Hearts in the Night," Street Gospels is solid throughout. First single "Walls Fall Down" has enough hooks to ensure that it will be instilled in your mind after a single listen, while the ska-influenced "St. Andrew's" might just be the best track the band has produced. "12:59 Lullaby" is among the softest tracks the trio has done, with drummer Pat Pengelli sitting out while bassist Eon Sinclair provides only a few bouncy notes sparingly to accompany Malinowski's guitar and vocals. No instruments even appear on the strong a cappella track "Hush," one of the few surprises to be found here.

While Bedouin Soundclash have produced what could certainly be considered a safe album, they have done so in a consistent and focused manner that manages to incorporate a wide variety of influences into their sound. If this is the future of commercial Canadian music, then you won't hear any complaints from me.

 

 
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AlmostPunkEnough (April 29, 2008)

fuck, i didn;t really give this a chance til recently, but damn... amazing.

FrankFF (November 7, 2007)

Album of the year material.
Beautiful songs, beautiful music.

brown (September 28, 2007)

This is going on my end of the year list for sure. I don't know what you guys are talking about, I love hush.

baseball (September 5, 2007)

this is the first perfect score i'm going to give out this year

this album is flat out exceptional and a little better than all their other stuff

"Trinco Dog" "St. Andrews" "Nico on the Night Train" "Jealousy and the Get Free" "Gunships" are all amazing tracks

TheMarc (September 3, 2007)

"Walls Fall Down" should be listened to and enjoyed by just about everyone.

GlassPipeMurder (September 3, 2007)

A hasty statement in any year in which The Aggrolites release a record.

nah, Reggae Hit LA didn't do much for me. good party music, but nothing on it came close to the emotional level of Gospels tracks like "Walls Fall Down", "St. Andrews", or "Trinco Dog".

Dodger (September 2, 2007)

"i really thought this was the best North American reggae release this year."

A hasty statement in any year in which The Aggrolites release a record.

This album is better than Root Fire, but not as good as Sounding a Mosaic. The production is right where it should be, but there's a lot of filler here. This could have been the best EP of the year, but instead it's an average album.

telegraphrocks (September 2, 2007)

Not digging this yet.

mustard (September 2, 2007)

Im far from disappointed but Sounding A Mosaic was definitely better.

mclz (September 1, 2007)

definitely their best record so far

crackpotdemagogue (September 1, 2007)

this album is great!

usversusthem (September 1, 2007)

St. Andrews and Gunships are both hot fire. I'd say that 7 is pretty bang on, though maybe... 7.5... I don't know. It's not amazing, but it's solid, and some of the tracks are really fun.

skaboom (September 1, 2007)

I'm surprised that so many people are disappointed by this. They took a gamble on "Hush" which didn't really pay off, but everything else is great.

BJR (September 1, 2007)

The new Avril Lavigne is good. I think this record sounds great. Daryl Jennifer did a great job. If only they had added the same sheen to the Bad Brains album.

patthetic (September 1, 2007)

i expected a lot more

ChokingVictim (September 1, 2007)

the songs don't stick out as much as mosaic in my opinion, but walls fall down is an amazing track

pasha (September 1, 2007)

dissapointed. "...lullaby" is the best song.

MikeStupid (September 1, 2007)

Picked this up yesterday. It's still too soon to say if I like it more than Mosaic, but it's really really fucking good regardless.

Matthew330 (September 1, 2007)

Def. not as good as previous effort, but there are individual songs that shine.

St. Andrews is favorite track.

damnitsderek (September 1, 2007)

Good album. "Walls Fall Down" has been stuck in my head ever since I listened to the stream.

nocigar (September 1, 2007)

fuckin faggots posting on this thread, that jones kid needs to quit fuckin so many dudes and get a life. score is for the album, not that faggot.

Anonymous (September 1, 2007)

ban the idiots below please.

GlassPipeMurder (August 31, 2007)

i really thought this was the best North American reggae release this year.

"St. Andrews" is beautiful beyond words.

Anonymous (August 31, 2007)

Nice Review

Anonymous (August 31, 2007)

hush and higer ground kill the cd

replace those 2 duds with your average bedouin song, this would be their best release

Anonymous (August 31, 2007)

1. root fire
2. sounding a mosaic
3. this

this cd does not suck mind you, but it could have been so much better

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