"Ways & Means" by The Green on iTunes

14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though its music is rooted in timeless Jamaican reggae, you can’t miss the infectiously mellow aloha vibes from Hawaii band The Green’s sophomore album. “Keep On” opens with a comforting bounce as Caleb Keolanui’s timeless inflections balance a soulful ‘70s style with lyrics anchored to relevant subjects. “Decisions” starts with flawless four-part harmony, which (aside from a penchant for crafting undeniably catchy songs) is the sextet’s secret weapon. The breezy title track warms the ears like tropical winds on wet skin, especially when buttery harmonies ooze down the chorus. “Jah Love” works in underwater-sounding psychedelia and vintage analog keyboards. The more pointed “Transparent People” boasts classic horn-section tones while Keolanui calls out the toxic personality of a despicable anti-muse. Jason Hemphill cameos on the acoustic guitar–based serenade “Come In,” where the marriage of tastefully dialed Auto-Tune glues his stellar vocal phrasing to the band’s impermeable harmonies. “That’s the Way” closes with moody piano notes under a c'est la vie sentiment.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though its music is rooted in timeless Jamaican reggae, you can’t miss the infectiously mellow aloha vibes from Hawaii band The Green’s sophomore album. “Keep On” opens with a comforting bounce as Caleb Keolanui’s timeless inflections balance a soulful ‘70s style with lyrics anchored to relevant subjects. “Decisions” starts with flawless four-part harmony, which (aside from a penchant for crafting undeniably catchy songs) is the sextet’s secret weapon. The breezy title track warms the ears like tropical winds on wet skin, especially when buttery harmonies ooze down the chorus. “Jah Love” works in underwater-sounding psychedelia and vintage analog keyboards. The more pointed “Transparent People” boasts classic horn-section tones while Keolanui calls out the toxic personality of a despicable anti-muse. Jason Hemphill cameos on the acoustic guitar–based serenade “Come In,” where the marriage of tastefully dialed Auto-Tune glues his stellar vocal phrasing to the band’s impermeable harmonies. “That’s the Way” closes with moody piano notes under a c'est la vie sentiment.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

271 Ratings

Heavenly

lo6556,

This album is true reggae. The harmony in their voices is uncomparable to any other reggae band. Jacob from SOJA adds the perfect touch the song Come In. They are really good live too!

ways and means

Brianna Tsukamoto,

this album is awesome! love every single song.

About The Green

One of the first bands to take the sound of Hawaiian reggae to the world, Honolulu's the Green are a six-piece outfit whose self-titled debut album was voted Best Reggae Album of 2010 by digital users. After cousins Caleb Keolanui and JP Kennedy put their previous band, Next Generation, to rest, they recruited Ikaika Antone and Zion Thompson to form the Green. Their self-titled debut appeared in 2010, and went on to win Best Reggae Album at Hawaii's 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. A year later, both the EP Love & Affection and the album Ways & Means would appear on the Easy Star label. Hawai'i '13 followed in 2013, with production coming from frequent Jack Johnson collaborator Danny Kalb. September 2017 saw the release of the single "Marching Orders," which featured dancehall superstar Busy Signal. The band's fourth full-length outing, also called Marching Orders, arrived later that October. ~ David Jeffries

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