Review: The Beatdown – The Beatdown meets Hugo Mudie
National Music Reviews
The Beatdown meets Hugo Mudie
The Beatdown = The Clash + Rancid
The Beatdown meets Hugo Mudie is a onetime collaboration between the Montreal ska group and Hugo Mudie (Miracles, Yesterday’s Ring). The resulting album is a perfect example of the fundamentals of reggae rock with a punky edge. It’s got whiskey-soaked vocals and is smooth, calm and soulful with an up-tempo feel while acknowledging a roots-reggae style. Top tracks to dig here are “I’m The War,” “God Is God,” “ Sailing The Sea” and “Crazy.” In all, I recommend this record to be played with the volume dial cranked high for its uplifting effects, or to be set as background noise to drown out the dullness of profound silence. –Nick Kuzmack
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