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Album Review

Shortly before the release of this album, the Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad released one entitled Country. That album was almost entirely acoustic, and featured instrumentation that looked more like a bluegrass band than one that would have the word "dub" in its name. For those who might have found that album puzzling, In These Times will ease the confusion. This one is about as straight-up as roots reggae gets: one-drop and rockers rhythms, socially conscious lyrics, and dubwise production flourishes are all in evidence here, and if the politics get a bit ham-handed sometimes (sample couplet: "Get rich, get wealthy/Are we doing the best that we can to make sure that our families stay healthy?"), the grooves are relentless and powerful. Several tracks are reprised from Country, including "Healing" (the most reggae-inflected song on that previous album) and a lovely new version of "Love You More." Highlights include the excellent one-drop anthem "All Night Music" and a fine sufferer's number titled "Pockets," and the slow, thick rockers groove of "World War" is also excellent. While they're recycling material, it would be great to see a full-length dubwise companion to this album.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Rochester, NY

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In some ways, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad are the live dub version of the Grateful Dead, mixing traditional American folk and country with Jamaican reggae and dub rhythms, with plenty of improvisational jams and interludes, all while looking and sometimes sounding like a bluegrass band. Toss in just a little of the Clash, and it's a balancing act that made this uplifting and energetic group a huge draw on the jam band circuit. Formed in 2001 in Rochester, New York, Giant Panda grew out of a fertile...
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In These Times, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Rock
  • Released: 10 April 2012

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