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Album Review

Now on Stones Throw, the massive L.A. reggae group offer up all the slinky grooves and great musicianship of their debut, but This Generation also showcases a better set of songs and more ambitious musical themes. As with Jungle Struttin', the 18 players on the album know their roots, and do a commendable job imitating the sounds of Jamaican reggae pioneers, incorporating all the little details that make this pass as the real-deal dusty vinyl of the '70s. Their last 2008 album was essentially a display of instrumental roots and dub (with the exception of a rocksteady version of the funk standard "Think (About It)," featuring Noelle Scaggs, and it was an impressive outing, but this feels more like a finished album than a calling card by a party band. The five vocalists on board, Malik Moore, Black Shakespeare, Deston Berry, Eddie Felix, and Alex Desert (who might be recognizable from his former acting gigs in the movies PCU and Swingers, or his steady role on the Becker sitcom) act like a well-polished unit, spreading messages of positivity while never stepping on each other's feet in the booth — an impressive task, considering how hard it must be to fit all those guys in a studio. The self-titled track is the most celebratory moment on the album, but there's consistently fun to be had. Even the cover of Van Halen's "Jamie's Crying" works. Like so many albums on Stones Throw, PB Wolf's background in psych, funk, and soul plays an influence, and the adherence to details makes it seem like an authentic blast from the past. This is just one of those albums that works great either as a stoney throwback or a party-starter.

Customer Reviews

Great band

Saw these guys at the LBC reggae festival back in september and out of all the bands there they had the crowd grooving out the most of any band there and the line up included the likes of Tribal Seeds, LBDA and The Wailers. The inclusion of Alex and Deston of Hepcat put the icing on the cake for this awesome reggae group. Check out their album Jungle Struttin' for some great reggae/soul tunes as well. Cant wait to hear the new album!

Good Vibes

In love with this album already on the first listen , great tunes and awesome vibes for your summer times .👍😉


This is some of the best roots reggae that Ive heard come out in a while…I can't wait to get this in my library


Formed: 2006 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Part collective and part local supergroup, L.A.'s the Lions grew out of a series of impromptu jam sessions loosely conducted and arranged by Todd Simon at Killion Studios in late 2006 (vocals were added later at Dan Ubick's Lion's Den Studios) that featured members of Breakestra, the Rhythm Roots All-Stars, Connie Price & the Keystones, Orgone, Sound Directions, PlantLife, and Poetics, among others, all of whom came together because of their love of classic Jamaican reggae styles and the musicianship...
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