11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their fourth album, California reggae-rock band Rebelution add pleasing pop elements to their repertoire of romantic and roots numbers. The title track and “Notice Me” ply sunny pop backdrops—think UB40 or Magic!—that allow Eric Rachmany’s relaxed vocals and aqueous guitar to drift like a cool breeze over sturdy rhythms. Heartfelt ballads pasted with multipart harmonies (“Fade Away”) sit aside finely crafted traditional reggae (“Against the Grain”), while the addition of veteran Jamaican singer Don Carlos on “Roots Reggae Music” suggests that even as Rebelution’s sound diversifies, their mission remains the same.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their fourth album, California reggae-rock band Rebelution add pleasing pop elements to their repertoire of romantic and roots numbers. The title track and “Notice Me” ply sunny pop backdrops—think UB40 or Magic!—that allow Eric Rachmany’s relaxed vocals and aqueous guitar to drift like a cool breeze over sturdy rhythms. Heartfelt ballads pasted with multipart harmonies (“Fade Away”) sit aside finely crafted traditional reggae (“Against the Grain”), while the addition of veteran Jamaican singer Don Carlos on “Roots Reggae Music” suggests that even as Rebelution’s sound diversifies, their mission remains the same.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

338 Ratings

Can't wait!

Borri24,

Already sounds amazing and I'm addicted. I can never get enough Rebelution and it's perfectly in time for summer.

The Best Reggae Band Just Got Better

rycakes,

Rebelution, a talented 5-piece Reggae/Surf-Rock band from Santa Barbara, CA have been keeping it fresh this past decade. In their fourth full-length studio release, the guys have no problem killin' it with their irie vibes and good natured lyricism, stemming from Eric Rachmany’s love of Don Carlos, with whom Rebelution performs on the track “Roots Reggae Music”. This is a must purchase album for the Summer of 2014, and the band deserves every penny, what with “everyone taking a cut". These guys graciously invited me to their show and allowed me to interview them, I have to say they are the real deal, so if you love em, buy a shirt cause ALL money goes directly to the band.

About Rebelution

Formed in Santa Barbara, California by a group of college music students, Rebelution was built from diverse musical backgrounds united by a shared passion for reggae. Launched in 2004, Rebelution spent a couple years playing around their home base, offering a breezy fusion of roots and rock that immediately set the group apart from acts such as Sublime and Long Beach Dub All-Stars. In 2006, they made their debut with a self-titled EP, while 2007 saw them hit with their debut album, Courage to Grow. Their 2009 follow-up, Bright Side of Life, topped Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart, while 2011 saw them cross over into electronica with their Remix EP. Peace of Mind arrived in 2012 with the versions Peace of Mind: Acoustic and Peace of Mind: Dub following later in the year, the latter remixed by Easy Star All-Star's Michael Goldwasser. Two years later, the group landed on Goldwasser's Easy Star label with the album Count Me In. Count Me In: Acoustic appeared on the group's own 87 label in 2015, then it was back to Easy Star for 2016's Falling into Place. The album featured a guest appearance from Jamaican singer Protoje and debuted at number 32 on the Billboard 200 album chart. ~ David Jeffries

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