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Album Review

For studio album number four, the guys of Pepper have done nothing more than continue the laid-back spirit of fun under the sun that they've been spreading since their inception in the mid-'90s. No Shame is full of all the mellow grooves and smooth vocals that fans have come to expect from the guys, light percussion and bright riffing rolling things along without a hitch. The Hawaiian trio understands the charm of effortless hooks and buoyant melodies, making their pop-rock-ska-reggae blend frothy and gentle. For Pepper, it's simply about chilling out with friends and lovers under the hot sun without a care in the world. Their piña colada pop/rock works well enough for those already converted — most likely also fans of Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, or even 311 — but for others, though quite easy to digest, it has the tendency to get somewhat mind numbing. The breezy Jack Johnson air of "Bring Me Along" and "Rent" is nice and soothing to start things off, the vocal stylings especially sweet, but it really only causes the comparatively brasher "No Control" to be all the more welcoming, if only for its change of pace. Sporadic randomness does occur outside of annoying skit inclusions, like the trashy reggae-hip-hop of "Like Your Style" and the sleaze-lite of "Point and Shoot," but they do little more than raise an eyebrow or two. The album isn't inherently bad, just very uniform sounding; bright patches, though, like "Your Face," "Old Time Problem," and the especially sparkling "Nice Time" could very well put a smile on most anyone's face. Overall, the incorporation of more tempo changes could do wonders for the entire No Shame experience, but somehow that doesn't seem to be the point here. The point is to relax and have a good time, and if that's your bag, Pepper effortlessly hits the mark.

Customer Reviews

Best album yet!!!!

Each new album keeps getting better and better from these guys. My local record store sold out of this album even before the release date!!! Some of the best original music available today. If you ever get a chance to see Pepper live, I highly recommend doing so. They put on a great show every single night and it's well worth the time and money to see them.

Pepper all grown up

For those of you who have Kona Town, this album may take a little getting used to but is an excellent addition to the Pepper library. No Shame is the product of higher production values, making it more digestable to those who have never heard Pepper before. However, veterans of Pepper may be disapointed to find the "old" dub style of Pepper from Kona Town and Giv'n It substituted with a more mainstream reggae/rap style. All said, No Shame is a great album but is second in my opinion to Kona Town (hence 4 stars.) On a personal note, I highly recommend seeing Pepper live. I had been listening to Pepper for about a year before they went on tour with 311 and the Wailers and came to a local venue. Pepper, though not the main attraction, almost upstaged 311 with their performance and crowd reception.

Perfect 4th Album

Just like everyone else, Kona Town will probably always be my favorite Pepper CD. But you know what...? The first time I heard it, it didn't blow me away.(To be honest I bought it just for Give It Up) But after listening to the album a few times through, I grew to absolutely love every song. No Shame is exactly the same. Sure the hits are amazing, (No Control, Your Face) but take the time to listen to this album all the way through, and you'll discover jems like Rent, Point & Shoot, and Crazy Love to name a few. The production and lyrics are great, and in case you've been living under a rock, Pepper is absolutely the best live show out right now. Once you see them perform... trust me, you'll be a fan too.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Kona, HI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although Pepper's members are originally from Kona, Hawaii, the trio doesn't play traditional Hawaiian music. Rather, Pepper's music is a melodic and accessible blend of alternative pop/rock, punk, and reggae. Formed in 1996, Pepper is hardly the only alt-rock combo inspired by Jamaican sounds. But while other punk-minded alt-pop/rockers who emerged in the '90s were greatly influenced by either classic '60s ska or hardcore dancehall artists like Stitchie, Ninjaman, and Bounty Killer, Pepper usually...
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