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Closer to the Sun
     

Closer to the Sun

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by Slightly Stoopid
 

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Slightly Stoopid create a soothing, folksy-cum-reggae feel on most of this album. Whether it is the relaxed, laid-back Jack Johnson-like vibe on "Intro" or the ensuing subtle yet rich "Babylon Is Falling," comparisons to Marley would be likely. Thankfully, they keep several of

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Slightly Stoopid create a soothing, folksy-cum-reggae feel on most of this album. Whether it is the relaxed, laid-back Jack Johnson-like vibe on "Intro" or the ensuing subtle yet rich "Babylon Is Falling," comparisons to Marley would be likely. Thankfully, they keep several of these songs within a pop framework, most clocking under three minutes as the basslines propel them along. "Somebody" is more radio-friendly, with its faux hip-hop feeling mixed with a basic beach groove à la Jason Mraz or a funk-filled John Mayer. The imagery of cannabis is ever-present, especially on the enjoyable and infectious hook on "Fat Spliffs." It's not quite dub reggae, but has a similar punch. However, "Bandelero," the lewd "Till It Gets Wet," and the extremely mellow "Older" tend to stray too much into a cute and almost manufactured reggae flair like Inner Circle or a poor man's Sean Paul. There are moments when they show you a completely polar opposite musical side, with a hardcore punk romp during "Nothin Over Me." But it is more an aberration when listening to the rap-meets-reggae of "This Joint." About halfway through the album, one feels they are starting to run out of ideas musically, thus beginning to painfully repeat similar arrangements and melodies. Highlights include the acoustic-tinged "Don't Care," featuring Billy and Prof Most, and the bizarre yet entertaining "Righteous Man," which is a punk song that opens like a classic Santana tune. The sleeper pick, though, could be the underplayed "Up on a Plane," which UB40 would be envious of with its piano accents. There is a fine winding instrumental entitled "Zeplike," which has Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald complementing each other nicely.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
Label:
Reincarnate Music
UPC:
0801190120826
catalogNumber:
1208

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Slightly Stoopid   Primary Artist
Barrington Levy   Guest Appearance
Deston Berry   Keyboards
Isaiah Owens   Keyboards
O.G.   Percussion,Vocals
Miles   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Field Marshall Goodman   Turntables
Rymo   Drums,Vibes
Kyle   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
OG   Percussion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Barrington Levy   Composer
Jonathan Phillips   Management
Slightly Stoopid   Composer
Doug Boyce   Artwork
Chris DiBeneditto   Producer,Engineer
Lou Richards   Composer
Matt Phillips   Management
Bruce Flohr   Executive Producer
Coran Capshaw   Executive Producer
Rich Holtzman   Executive Producer

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Closer to the Sun 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs this Disc. One of Slightly Stoopid's best to date. You can just get lost in the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slightly Stoopid are one of the best, next to sublime and no doubt, this album has a more laid back, less rock steady feel to it, though it has some good reggae songs that I had before only as bootlegs, I still think "The Longest Barrel Ride" is their best album, but this one has some classic songs too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago