Review : TIM ARMSTRONG - A Poet's Life
PunkNewsThe modern ska/rocksteady album can be problematic. While many groups excel at the technical aspects of the music, the soul is unfortunately lost in this attempt to mimic the sounds of Jamaica circa 1971. This is detrimental as the magic from Jamaican music grows not from the emphasis on playing on the upbeat or bringing bass to the forefront, but from the emotion of the singerís voice, the lagging tempo of the music, and the tone of the entire sound. Luckily, on his first solo album, A Poetís Life, Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong realizes this and tries his best at capturing the essence of early rocksteady 45s. To his credit, he mostly succeeds....full text
LA Daily NewsRancid frontman Armstrong gets it right on this solo debut which beautifully captures the feel of Jamaican ska and dub of the '70s. Like the Clash's Joe Strummer, Armstrong (backed here by the Aggrolites, a fine reggae act from the singer's own Hellcat stable) has a knack for adding strong melodies and heartfelt lyrics to rock-steady rhythms that grab the listener and don't let go. The results, typified by instant standouts "Take This City," the radio hit "Into Action" and "Hold On," reveal how much life and inspiration can still be found in roots reggae....full text
Sputnikmusic.comThis review is because all the songs for this have now been made availible in various forms over the internet by Armstrong and the scheduled release date is in about 5 days, May 22nd. Hopefully this review will help people decide whether or not they should take advantage of Tim's downloading policy, or just go buy the thing (a move on the part of the distributor after the radio sucess of 'Into Action', or so i gather)....full text
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