The Lions This Generation Album is Simply Sublime
The Lions second release came out last year on Stones’ Throw Records. At the start of 2013 I declared that it would be the best Reggae album of the year. Anticipation was very high for the release indeed after the debut sort of came out of nowhere and blew all of us off our feet. I don’t think calling it a masterful work is being verbose.
After finally getting to listen to the full album I have to stand by my original statement that it was a wonderful collection of tunes more reminiscent of the best of the 70’s style collections with songs truly highlighting the vocal styling of each member as well as the group as a whole when the four member harmonies come together.
The collective are of course all professionals of many other top drawing acts and even have some real Reggae pedigree thrown in the mix. Members of the legendary ska band Hepcat, Deston Berry and Alex Désert, form half of the vocal team while the other half is the sweet falsetto of Malik Moore and DJ stylings of Black Shakespeare, the charismatic cousin of Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly & Robbie fame). The rest of the members include guitarist Dan Ubick, formerly of Breakestra, Macy Gray co-writer and collaborator Dave Wilder on bass, plus musicians who have played with the likes of De La Soul, Barrington Levy, Beck, Raphael Saadiq, Big Daddy Kane and Black Eyed Peas.
Each of the singers has a distinct style that when combined with the rest makes for some sweet sweet music. From the intense interjections of Black Shakespeare, high falsetto of Malik and the soulful sounds emanating from the vocal chords of Alex and Deston backed by what is probably the best rhythm section today without each part overwhelming the other it’s intoxicating. Part of that praise has to be given to Dan “Connie Price” Ubick and his magic hands on the knobs as producer and the trust this group obviously puts in him.
The album also features a cover and performance by none other than Leroy Sibbles of The Heptones doing a sublime version of “Picture on the Wall“. That right there is well worth the price of the whole album. The rest just pushes it right into another stratosphere. This is def a must buy album.
The official music video for the track “Roll It Around” from the album is awesome. Watch it below.
The album came out on CD and Digital formats as well as a limited edition 7-inch box set. The vinyl set includes the album’s 12 tracks + four additional “dub versions” not available on the CD or digital release.
1. Bird on a Wire feat. Malik Moore
2. This Generation feat. Malik Moore & Black Shakespeare
3. Picture On The Wall feat. Leroy Sibbles
4. Revelations feat. Black Shakespeare
5. New Girl feat. James King
6. Pieces of a Man feat. Alex Désert
7. More Higher Ways feat. Black Shakespeare & Malik Moore
8. Jamie’s Cryin’ feat. Alex Désert
9. Be Easy feat. Alex Désert
10. Padre Ichiro feat. Malik Moore
11. Roll It ‘Round feat. Black Shakespeare
12. Let’s Go Out Tonight feat. Black Shakespeare