Today's SOJA piece proves all of this together. It's an excellent listen for the general Reggae fan.
Give it a shot.
I call this a fun song. The trumpets are light and airy, the bass is playing along, and the lyrics are serious enough while being easy to sing back with. The American accent is gonna be a matter of opinion. It makes little difference to me, personally.
Now I may have just taken a swing at the lyrical quality of modern Reggae, but it goes well noticed that this is not all that true for today's track. I can't say much for a lot of the other tracks, but SOJA definitely prove they can be great writers.
As a whole album, Strength to Survive is an interesting listen. I'd rather call it Alt-Reggae or something, just because I'm a bit old fashioned with this genre. Honestly, it's just a genre transition going on right before our eyes.
The Alt comes up with the mix of ballad-y vocals mixed with electronic influences. Hear out the music in Let You Go, and while you're at it listen to the cool vocal glitch in there. The song is totally different to today's.
Even though these sappy "Alt" songs make up for a lot of the album, the music quality never really withers down. If today's track and Let You Go are alright by you, giving the album a listen is a good idea.
If however you're like me and you prefer your Reggae raw, it might be wise to stay away from it. It's still got quite a few decent songs though, so maybe giving it a listen and being aware of what you're getting into.. or just listening to an older album. Your call.