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Album Review

SoCal's Long Beach Dub Allstars returned in 2001 with Wonders of the World, another installment of the septet's ska/punk/reggae jams. The band achieved some mainstream notoriety with its breakthrough song, "My Own Life," a bright and sunny anthem in the spirit of Bob Marley and other reggae greats. Wonders of the World continues on the Allstars' uplifting brand of music, and branches further out into the modern rock arena; this is evidenced by the album's increased presence of melodic electric-guitar riffs and speedy drumming. The buoyant "Sunny Hours" reflects the Allstars' journey into modern rock and successfully blends the genre's signature energetic guitar melodies and riffs with turntable stylings and hip-hop flavor, courtesy of flows by Will.I.Am from Black Eyed Peas. Loaded with inspiration, the song easily convinces audiences everything will be all right, just as the song's chorus rallies. Further showcasing the Allstars' penchant for guitar playing is "Luke," a character-driven song that gives Jimi Hendrix a nod with its heady and thick solos and melodies. Reggae-style singing introduces listeners to a man named Luke and his struggling world; lyrically, the song is a good example of fine storytelling. Whether it's the dead of winter, this colorful collection of festive island-centric jams — with a contemporary edge — will have audiences busting out the Panama Jack, Coronas and lime, and a belief that all is well in the world. Some artists try to pack several musical styles onto their discs, but fail, because as a collection, the set seems to lack direction. But the Long Beach Dub Allstars pull off multi-genre music-making without a hitch. This is because of the strength in their songs and the band's ability to strategically return to their SoCal musical roots. Whether it's ska, punk, reggae — indigenous to the SoCal music scene — or vintage or aggressive rock, the Long Beach Dub Allstars seamlessly tie it all in together and make it work. And that's the wonder of this band's world.

Customer Reviews

Opie is God

Well this is basically what sublime would be if Brad was still with us....LBDAS Take the original sounds of Sublime and add a little more "mellowness" to the songs. Great Vocals, and Music...I'm really sorry that the Band isn't around today...I'm Sure Brad would be proud of the Band and the effort of Bud and Eric to carry on the sounds of Sublime...I would also Recomend Long Beach Shortbus which also has roots from Sublime or Sublimes brother band Slightly Stoopid. Peace


sublime is sublime, lbdas are lbdas. and they rock.


All i have to say about this band is that you can just pop this disc in or play the whole album off your ipod and not really be disapointed with too many of these songs i am kinda partial to life goes on myself and listen to D.J.'s is pretty frickin sweet as well and as for the two sublime members starting this band ummm where do you think sublime got their groove man...just sayin thats all.....anyways this album is solid you sorry if you added this album to the collection fo sho!!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Following the 1996 heroin overdose of Sublime frontman Brad Nowell, surviving bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh formed the Long Beach Dub Allstars with singer Opie Ortiz, guitarists RAS-1 and Miguel, keyboardist Jack Maness, keyboardist Isaiah Owens, saxophonists Todd Foreman and Tim Wu, and DJ Marshall Goodman. After appearing on a series of compilations...
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