SOJA - Mentality

It's this modern Reggae stuff that's been keeping the genre alive. The sounds are a bit more intricate, thanks to better knowledge on how these artists handle their instruments. The only regret I might have is the lyrical content. The genre has gone a long way musically, but it's taken some steps backwards when it comes to the lyrics.

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.

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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.
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25 comments:

  1. It was alright, a touch slow for my liking.

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  2. Can't see Youtube videos since yesterday. :/

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  3. Hmmm. I'm not used to being able to understand the lyrics of a reggae song.

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  4. nice laid back cool reggae...take me to Jamaica!!!

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  5. Nice and easy, like the fuzzy trumpet sound.

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  6. I definitely like those horns and am glad to see the genre being kept alive and passed down. The American accent is a bit difficult because it's doesn't have the lyrical quality that belongs with the music, but I appreciate that they are making a real effort here.

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  7. The only thing missing here is some devils grass. lol.

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  8. Realy nice reggae, good vibe. I feel ready for summer now.

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  9. Why D4? Why do you torture me with more reggae?

    Actually I think it's kind of ok. Not really my thing but kind of laid back, you know like... reggae.

    I've heard worse.

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    1. Oh, I'm just evil. I like watching you and other reggaehaters squirm in agony.

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  10. It's not bad reggae, which is something I didn't think I'd say.....

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  11. Not a fan of the vocals at all, but the band does sound tight.

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  12. The YouTube embed is down for me. I bet it's just on my end since I've been playing around with a new operating system.

    In any event, I'll add these guys to my list of artists to check out in the future. Thanks.

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    1. Always have an alternate grooveshark link, even though that doesn't even always work.

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  13. Hey there, I tagged you in one of those random blogger survey/questioner things. You don't have to respond/participate if you don't want.

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    1. You've been kind enough to ask! I've responded to each so far, but I respect you so.. we'll see.

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  14. Vocals are ok but its good overall

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  15. you know, i haven't listened to some reggae in a long time

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  16. i'm loving this kind of music! more, please!

    p.s you have good taste in music, 'mon!

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  17. Really nice share! Good band, and interesting vocals.

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  18. Very good share! Wonder if hipsters like this? Hahaha.

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  19. Reminds me a bit of old Jimmy Cliff.

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  20. I liked Let You Go more than I liked Mentality, but then again, I have no preference when it comes to raw Reggae. I don't know if it's something I can listen to all the time (I have to be in the mood to hear reggae) but I'd give this album a chance.

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