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Sounding a Mosaic

Bedouin Soundclash

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Album Review

To call Bedouin Soundclash a reggae band would be a gross over-simplification. Their spare guitar-bass-drums lineup gives their music a dry texture that recalls the early Cure, while singer Jay Malinowski's raspy wail sounds, at times, like a cross between Bob Marley and Paul Simon. The band's name is probably intended as a tribute to reggae experimentalist Badawi, who released an album of the same name in 1996, but Bedouin Soundclash's music is actually quite straightforward: highlight tracks like the acoustic-based "When the Night Feels My Song" and the one-drop meta-reggae anthem "Music My Rock" deliver meat-and-potatoes reggae grooves with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of hooks; when they title a song "Living in Jungles" you can count on a jittery jungle beat from drummer Pat Pengelly; when they title a song "Immigrant Workforce" you can count on an expression of healthy economic skepticism. And when they cover the Maytones' rocksteady classic "Money Worries," they bring in Vernon Maytone (aka Vern Buckley) himself to sing lead in front of their dry, tensile groove. Sounding a Mosaic was produced by Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, who gives them plenty of space and muscle but knows enough to leave a good sound alone. Very highly recommended. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews


finally, iTunes got this album! Bedouin Soundclash is a great band, and I have to say I way prefer this album to their latest, Street Gospels (that doesn't mean that Street Gospels doesn't have some good tunes though). Favourites are Shelter, Gyasi Went Home, Criminal, Rude Boy, Immigrant Workforce... eh, there's a bunch of great tracks. Defs recommended.

Best of the best

This is Bedouin's best album, no question about it. Every song is excellent from start too finish without one weak spot. Do not hesitate to press the "Buy Album" button. We will not be disappointed in the least.

Best album

This is the best album of Bedouin ever !


Formed: 2001 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s

This reggae-influenced Canadian band started in its native Kingston, Ontario — not the traditional Jamaican reggae capital. In early 2000, bassist Eon Sinclair, drummer Pat Pengelly, and vocalist/guitarist/visual artist Jay Malinowski met at university and discovered a mutual love of dub reggae music. All musicians, the trio began performing classic reggae numbers at university. This continued for some time, and djembe player Brett Dunlop was added to create a fuller sound. In 2001, Bedouin...
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