11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their fourth album, California reggae-rock band Rebelution add pleasing pop elements to their repertoire of romantic and roots numbers. The title track and “Notice Me” ply sunny pop backdrops—think UB40 or Magic!—that allow Eric Rachmany’s relaxed vocals and aqueous guitar to drift like a cool breeze over sturdy rhythms. Heartfelt ballads pasted with multipart harmonies (“Fade Away”) sit aside finely crafted traditional reggae (“Against the Grain”), while the addition of veteran Jamaican singer Don Carlos on “Roots Reggae Music” suggests that even as Rebelution’s sound diversifies, their mission remains the same.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their fourth album, California reggae-rock band Rebelution add pleasing pop elements to their repertoire of romantic and roots numbers. The title track and “Notice Me” ply sunny pop backdrops—think UB40 or Magic!—that allow Eric Rachmany’s relaxed vocals and aqueous guitar to drift like a cool breeze over sturdy rhythms. Heartfelt ballads pasted with multipart harmonies (“Fade Away”) sit aside finely crafted traditional reggae (“Against the Grain”), while the addition of veteran Jamaican singer Don Carlos on “Roots Reggae Music” suggests that even as Rebelution’s sound diversifies, their mission remains the same.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
337 Ratings

337 Ratings

Borri24 ,

Can't wait!

Already sounds amazing and I'm addicted. I can never get enough Rebelution and it's perfectly in time for summer.

rycakes ,

The Best Reggae Band Just Got Better

Rebelution, a talented 5-piece Reggae/Surf-Rock band from Santa Barbara, CA have been keeping it fresh this past decade. In their fourth full-length studio release, the guys have no problem killin' it with their irie vibes and good natured lyricism, stemming from Eric Rachmany’s love of Don Carlos, with whom Rebelution performs on the track “Roots Reggae Music”. This is a must purchase album for the Summer of 2014, and the band deserves every penny, what with “everyone taking a cut". These guys graciously invited me to their show and allowed me to interview them, I have to say they are the real deal, so if you love em, buy a shirt cause ALL money goes directly to the band.

allnamesweretaken!! ,

Sign of things to come?

I'm by no means saying it's a bad album, but it seems like they're running out of ideas. I saw it with Peace of Mind and it's continuing now, they're starting to get stale. There are definitely still good songs but it's definitely not Bright Side of Life.

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