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Album Review: Rebelution - Free Rein

06/16/2018

by Christian Moll

Album Review: Rebelution - Free Rein

Never change a winning team. Rebelution has got what it takes to be Reggae super stars in the US and beyond. So why consider changing the battle plan? Their current album Free Rein was released through Easy Star and their own label 87 Music and mostly stays true to the typical Rebelution sound which keeps attracting hundreds of thousands. From their founding days in Isla Vista, where the band members met at the University of California in Santa Barbara in 2004, their style has been consistent, unmistakable and authentic.

The two previously released hit singles Celebrate and City Life build on what had made the band’s sound so unique in previous years. A powerful rock beat, slinky guitars and a vigorous baseline doubled by a picking guitar combined with front man Eric Rachmany’s distinctive timbre and close-to-life lyrics. Acoustic Songs like Healing, whose music video was recently released and Constellation, an emotional ballad, open doors to new musical horizons, while in general, Free Rein incorporates the marching and energized spirit of Rebelution as we know it from their previous largely successful albums. On Free Rein, for the first time Rebelution worked with renowned producers from Jamaica. Don Corleon, who is responsible for a number of releases with artists like Sean Paul, Sizzla, Gentleman and Rihanna co-produced Rise On Top, which critically reflects on celebrity, success and ambition.

Furthermore, Winta James (Militancy Riddim/ Rootsman Riddim) teamed up with Rebelution for Settle Down Easy and City Life, two songs that keep wearing a typical Rebelution sound garment, even though the producer left many refined details and musical signatures on them. All in all, Free Rein pairs development and stylistic confidence in a way that makes it easy to believe that this album, like its siblings, was born to win. 


Release details

Rebelution - Free Rein

Rebelution - Free Rein

DIGITAL RELEASE

Release date: 06/15/2018

Tracks

01. Celebrate

02. City Life

03. Legend

04. Settle Down Easy

05. Take On Anything

06. Patience

07. Rise On Top

08. Trap Door

09. Good Day

10. Healing

11. More Energy

12. Constellation




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