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Album Review

After a three year hiatus, King Cobb Steelie return on Ryko in a much more slimmed-down form, with only three of the seven members remaining. As you'd expect, the band's sound is also pared back to the basics. Gone are the atmospheric jams dripping with dub, replaced with a more muscular pop groove. There are still some really nice moments, like "Skyscraper" and "The Stinger," but the whole thing falls quite a bit short of previous efforts.

Customer Reviews

Something always nice to return to.

This album has been with me for years. I really only learned about it because of Spookey Ruben's involvement, even if it is slight. Either way, this entire thing really puts a mood over me. One of those albums that just has great song consistency and a real haunting emotional quality.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

An anti-commercialism, community-minded collective of musicians, King Cobb Steelie play alternative rock that is a jumble of sampling, scratching, world music instruments and studio sorcery, showing a flair for seamless ecclecticism. Far from being a band that grafts diverse influences onto a Western rock sound, these musicians compose organic, holistic pieces that also create spaces for rich improvistional digressions during live shows. Their first CD, S/T (1993, Raw Energy Records/ A&M), which...
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