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Album Review

The San Diego-based B-Side Players had been giving the revolution a groove for almost 15 years when 2007 arrived, playing music like Rage Against the Machine meets War with a heavy injection of son and some other Latin flavors (the "B" stands for "Brown"). With Fire in the Youth, vocalist and leader Karlos Paez has grown up without clamping down by smoothing down some of the punky rough spots found on the band's earlier albums while upping the funk and melody. While this tactic may not be as instantly gripping, it lets much more of the Latin flavor through, creating a richer experience that sticks to the ribs long after the initial "wow" is gone. With funky horn blasts, conga beat, and lyrics that focus on mankind's demise, "Unplug This Armageddon" is an NPR feature waiting to happen but it deserves much more. Paez's observation is that furiously scrounging for friends on MySpace as others furiously scrounge for food in their war-torn countries adds up to a sick global society. That it comes with a memorable melody and good beat you can dance to makes it all the more fascinating, and in many ways much more subversive than when the band played more fast and dangerous. Contrast the lazy stroll of "Nuestras Demandas" with lyrics that damn the "financial rats of Babylon" along with "those who kill to control the oil" and it becomes apparent that the Bob Marley method of wrapping rebellion in smooth tunes is in effect. With Fire in the Youth, the B-Side Players are making bitter pills easy to take. Anyone who loves revolutionary music will be seduced.

Customer Reviews

Classic!

This record is destined to be a timeless classic. The smooth and honest musicianship effortlessly transcends era's and genres. The message touches the soul of the human race, not just latinos but the world. I love this record and I love this band! If this generation does not recognize the purity of this music then the next generation will and like I said, this record will be a timeless classic from a great band. Thank you to the B*Side Players.

5 Stars for "Alegria"

I love "Alegria". It's great for dancing.

BUY THIS ALBUM!!!

Nothing compares to a LIVE B-Side show, but this album is the next best thing. For all of those who are fans of Bob Marley, War, Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper, Ozomatli, Carlos Santana and Steel Pulse you will not be dissappointed. They're touring coast to coast summer '07, go see them live and you'll know what i'm talking about.

Biography

Formed: San Diego, CA

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '00s

B-Side Players are a septet led by frontman Karlos Paez and including guitarist Giovanni Mejia, bass player Gerry Guevara, saxophonist Regan Branch, percussionists Victor Tapia and Luis Cuenca, and drummer Ryan Moran. The son of a musician, Paez spent a good deal of his time growing up on the road and formed the band in 1993 in San Diego. The group built a local following and won several San Diego music awards for their blend of Latin, funk, rock, and reggae, and have toured with artists ranging...
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