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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Lately, Jack Johnson has been signing checks for guitarist Franchot Tone and drummer Adam Topol, but on their debut as the drivers of the Culver City Dub Collective, the rhythm section is calling the shots for the multiplatinum singer and a host of others. Johnson lends his urgent lead vocals to "Crying Shame," a demonstrative bit of fuzzy, spacially warped, reggae-inflected pop that percolates with horn hits and mallets (Johnson also sings harmony on "Give Voice"). The Collective, which boasts a crew of instrumentalists who double as remixers and producers, takes the dub ethic as a starting point, at times deconstructing perfectly poppy songs such as the ska-styled ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Lately, Jack Johnson has been signing checks for guitarist Franchot Tone and drummer Adam Topol, but on their debut as the drivers of the Culver City Dub Collective, the rhythm section is calling the shots for the multiplatinum singer and a host of others. Johnson lends his urgent lead vocals to "Crying Shame," a demonstrative bit of fuzzy, spacially warped, reggae-inflected pop that percolates with horn hits and mallets (Johnson also sings harmony on "Give Voice"). The Collective, which boasts a crew of instrumentalists who double as remixers and producers, takes the dub ethic as a starting point, at times deconstructing perfectly poppy songs such as the ska-styled "No More My Love" and extrapolating on rhythms laid atop rhythms, as on the darkly skanking "Makuta." It's an approach that lends itself to cameos and drop-ins: Ben Harper lends an exotic guitar to the otherworldly "Baghdad Mix" of "Eloise"; Beastie Boys keyboardist Money Mark is on hand; Winston Jarrett, duet partner with Alton Ellis and later the Righteous Flames, gives the proceedings some Jamaican cred. If Dos is any indication, L.A.'s suburbs are a happening place indeed.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
When a band calls itself the Culver City Dub Collective, you immediately think you know what to expect: laid-back SoCal reggae with a loopy "whoa, dude" groove. In this case, the reality is a bit more complex. Led by transplanted Bostonians Franchot Tone (guitar) and Adam Topol (drums), the band is actually a loose aggregation whose music ranges from smoky dubwise reggae to Afro-Latin grooves, jazz, and abstract soundscapes that dissolve into an almost Brian Eno-esque ambience. And there's more: "No More My Love" is what a ska band would sound like if it were fronted by Tom Waits, and "Bad Reaction" sounds an awful lot like a Bedouin Soundclash song -- probably because the guest singer is Jay Malinowski. Other guests include Ben Harper, Jack Johnson (in whose band Topol regularly plays), Studio One legend Winston Jarrett, and keyboardist Money Mark. And a number of the tracks featured here are remixes of songs originally issued on the Collective's self-titled debut EP -- a considerate gesture to their fans who already bought the original version, and an effective teaser for those whose introduction to the band is this full-length album. Very highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • Label: Everloving
  • UPC: 181229000627
  • Catalog Number: 17
  • Sales rank: 160,601

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Cave (4:05)
  2. 2 No More My Love (4:48)
  3. 3 Lel's Sweet Inspiration Dub (3:31)
  4. 4 Houdini (5:25)
  5. 5 Makuta - Q Ba (3:03)
  6. 6 Waltz for Tomahawk (5:07)
  7. 7 Everything (4:29)
  8. 8 Bad Reaction (3:09)
  9. 9 Big Long Gun (4:17)
  10. 10 Mr. W (4:27)
  11. 11 Crying Shame (4:15)
  12. 12 Eloise (4:54)
  13. 13 Give Voice (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Culver City Dub Collective Primary Artist
Jack Johnson Vocals
Ben Harper Guitar
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