Ska Punkers and all round good time posse Streetlight Manifesto release new album full of covers.
Streetlight Manifesto – 99 Songs Of Revolution
The greater Streetlight Manifesto collective have taken on an ambitious covers project, this being the first release of that series. Now despite these songs not being written by the band themselves, vocalist Tomas Kalnoky has stamped his rap come punk vocal authority all over this album by picking well suited material to re-work.
Their brass heavy antics have most of the album packed with melody and fun time feelings. This is even to be said of their inspired uplifting cover of Radiohead’s hit Just complete with tenacity and a joyously fuzzy guitar/trumpet assault.
Where I feel this album lacks is that a lot of the songs do not really test the musical sector of the band. Reggae inflected Skyscraper (Bad Religion) and the acoustic Linoleum (NOFX) do not shine brightly on their talented musicians. Others feel like slightly above average ska punk numbers where Streetlight haven’t done so much as reinvent material, rather just play it. Some tracks work well like Punk Rock Girl (The Dead Milkman) and Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard (Paul Simon). But offset against The Troubadour (Louis Jordan) and Birds Fly Away (Mason Jennings) the album is flatter than your average Streetlight Release.
If you like ska punk this is still a great release of lesser know tunes given the uplifting happy brass work over, but it is unlikely to win over any new fans!
Mr Flowers Says:
A compilation of ska-punk covers from Streetlight Manifesto. The result is a enjoyable album, but what did you expect when you take a collection of already popular songs and re-release them?
None of the covers are necessarily better than their originals, but are suitably fun ska romps in their own right. There’s not a huge amount of originality there, either in the concept or how they’ve reimagined the songs (Just with trumpets – Mark Ronson, anyone?) but at the end of the day, who cares? It’s fun and if it allows some people to rediscover some old songs like Paul Simon’s Me and Julio then this album deserves at least a few listens.
DoesItRock Overall Score: 6.75/10
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