LABEL: Stoopid Records
RELEASE DATE: 7•2018
GUEST ARTIST: ALBOROSIE, YELLOWMAN, CHALI 2NA, ALI CAMPBELL, DON CARLOS, G.LOVE
REGGAE VIBE RATING: IIIIIIIIIIII (4.0)
Slightly Stupid may be twenty years and nine studio albums into its career, but the band doesn’t mind giving the reminder that before they acquired the laid-back southern cali-style mix of reggae, funk, soul and rock, Slightly Stoopid began as a punk-rock band. Until Sublime opened the door for the reggae-rock style we all know, Slightly Stoopid still had a lot of punk in its sound. Sublime and its late vocalist, Bradley Nowell, in fact gave Slightly Stoopid its biggest early break, signing the band to his label, Skunk Records, paving the way for the release of the groups 1996 self-titled debut album. Guitarist, Miles Doughty, has said, "Sublime really kind of set that tone for everybody really, when they blew up. that whole movement. Really, back in the day it was Sublime, 311 and we were like the baby band," in an interview back in 2015 with the internet newspaper 'The Morning Call'.
Since coming into the scene, Slightly Stoopid has, according the Billboard Charts, six big hit albums. With 'Chronchitis' at #55 in Aug, 2007, and 'Top of the World' at #13 in 2015. To the most recent, 'Everyday life, Everyday people' currently at #60, as of July, 2018. Which, from the first track "Glock", one of the instrumental variety and with that signature reverb and smooth guitar sound, to the several covers that are sprinkled throughout the album. One being a fun and frivolous version of Peter Tosh's 1976 politically-charged "Legalize it". The second single ends the new LP in style. A beautiful song for all the band members' wives waiting back home, "One More Night" pines for solace at the end of a long time away from your loved ones. It all seems to suggest, life is what you make it, and the American dream is subjective. Success is there for the taking so "reach out and grab it now," before someone else steps up to the plate. This ode to musics natural ability to instill freedom and contentment is enchanting. lets all emancipate ourselves to a Stoopid soundtrack.