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- Dub Feast by The Congos
7/10 Vern Customer review, 12th September 2013
The Congos are a Jamaican reggae group who have been releasing new material and performing since their critically acclaimed debut album 'Heart of the Congos' from 1977. They sound great, they have those classic reggae vibes but are full of vocal harmonies which makes The Congos who they are. Those great vocals have been kept in this, their latest album, which is a dub version of a previous album. If you're looking for an album to hammer home some heavy drumming and party to, this ain't it; the vocals are now steeped in delay and reverb along with the guitar which makes you loose yourself into its distortion until a sharp drum kicks you back into reality. It's an album to chill out to, a soundtrack to someone sitting totally still in the baking sun, sunglasses fix in place.
Opening tracks 'A Fat Dub' and 'A Party' are full of this and it's the vocals which really carry both tracks. 'Rasta Congo Dub' is a tune which glistens with sun, a relaxing and transporting piece. 'Some A Dub' is a soft piece which occasionally twinkles with reverb. The guitar takes the accolades on 'Citizen Dub' as it appears and ripples away like a stone hitting a lake's surface.
The album sometimes falls into the reggae trap of similar sounding tracks however the great vocals, interesting distortions and occasional instrumental flourish such as the horns on 'Carry To The Well Dub' keep things interesting. This is an album to have drift over you, not something to ingest nor ponder. Its joy is its simplicity, its ability to let you drift away just by closing your eyes and opening your ears.
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