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Album Review

Based in Oahu, Hawaii, Ooklah the Moc released its debut album in 2000 on its own Ghetto Circus label. (Those unfamiliar with cheesy Saturday-morning cartoons from the '80s might assume that the band's name is based on some obscure facet of traditional Hawaiian culture, but it's actually taken from a wookie-like character on Thundarr the Barbarian.) If the band's name leads you to expect goofiness or whimsy, prepare to be set straight: Ooklah the Moc deals strictly in '70s-style roots-and-culture reggae, with a strong religious bent and a marked tendency towards trippy dubwise instrumental excursions. Vocalist James Bird La Pierre sings in a sweet, clear tenor voice and, thankfully, doesn't oversell the fake Jamaican accent — he adopts some of the syntactic peculiarities of Rastafarianism and there's a gentle lilt to his intonations, but not to the laughable degree favored by some of his colleagues. Best of all, even at this early stage in its career the band is already showing itself capable of writing songs with interesting chord structures, elegant horn charts and rich, well-balanced production. Highlight tracks include the dreamy "Blessed," the melancholy "No More Tears," and the horticultural "Herbal Meditation." Recommended.

Customer Reviews

Best reggae band in the world!

The best roots since bob Marley! Hands down! Jus can't get enuff of em!!

Ooklah

Ooklah is responsible for real ROOTS REGGAE from Hawaii!!!!!

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, World
  • Released: Jan 14, 2001

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