Album Review

Fat Freddy’s Drop – “Based On a True Story” – [Drop]

Naysayer   10/6/2013   CD, Reggae

When I slid this in the CD player I had no idea what to expect, except there would be some reggae. From the first notes, I was caught off guard and fell whole hog into the world of Fat Freddy’s Drop. A little research showed that Fat Freddy’s Drop (FFD) come from Wellington, New Zealand (NZ) and are composed of seven musicians who have a lot of experience in playing with many bands. These guys came together to form what would become NZ’s most successful independently produced band, staying on the NZ charts for over a year, going several times platinum, winning a number of NZ Grammies, selling out shows in Europe, Australia and NZ, of course. I didn’t know that, though, when I listened to their CD “Based On a True Story”, several times in a row. And it shouldn’t make a difference to anyone. Here’s what you get: a wonderful melding of reggae, soul and jazz, skillfully played. The compositions are lush but not filled up. There is space between the notes. They are not afraid of a pause, a quiet moment. They are not afraid of mixing up instrumentation. Joe Dukie’s (Dallas Tamaira) vocals are some of the smoothest, most soulful to be heard in a long time. In fact, smooth is a word to sum up this group. Smooth. Soul. Sex. That’s what this group has. If most contemporary soul was as rich and hot as this I would listen all the time. Listen up and melt to their sound.

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