Review: The Originalites – Vol. 1

Review: The Originalites – Vol. 1

The Originalites – Vol. 1
Track Listing:
1. Cindypoo/Thoughts of Happiness
2. Vivanda
3. Sitting in the Park
4. Dublove (Magical Feelings)
5. Neptune’s Highway
6. Spinning ‘Round
7. Rock Bottom
8. I Can’t Rewind
9. Sidewalk Ska
10. Unpretty City
11. “H”
12. So Natural
13. DT Ska
14. Atmosphere
15. Prisms
16. Porque

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: February 18th, 2012
Record Label: 17th Street Records
Official Website: The Originalite’s Website

Group Background:
Formed in December of 2009, The Originalites have played at places like The House of Blues, and The Galaxy Theatre in Southern CA. Their debut album, “The Originalites Vol. 1” was recorded by Lewis Richards at the infamous 17th Street Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. You can read up more about the group in our Artist Radar feature on The Originalites by clicking HERE.

Album Review:
While mixing in elements of reggae and dub, the album has an overall nostalgic quality reminiscent of old school ska bands like The Hippos or Real Big Fish, but with a twist. Each song on the album is well executed and full of the kind of high-energy melodies that leave you wanting more. And out of all 16 songs on the album, I actually couldn’t find one that I disliked.

The first track on the album, Cindy Poo, transitions seamlessly from the lush opening tones of the saxophone and lighthearted lyrics, “Cindypoo it’s pretty much everything about you that I adore. Cindypoo you that I’m always gonna love you, and that’s for sure,” to one serious guitar solo, and wraps up with an acoustic verse on ukulele. This one really set the bar high for the rest of the album, which doesn’t disappoint.

However, every song on the album is not like the other. One of the more dub influenced tracks, aptly titled Dub Love (Magical Feelings), incorporates different sound effects and tonalities and allows the group to express their adaptability. Each element works well with the next and the guys seem to know just how to compliment one another perfectly.

The Originalites vol. 1 is an extremely impressive first release. From the catchy irresistible lyrics on songs like So Natural, Cindy Poo and Spinning ‘Round, to the extreme and undeniable talent displayed by every member on instrumental tracks Sidewalk Ska and DT Ska only solidifies the notion that The Originalites are here to stay.

Written & Reviewed by: Ashley Allred

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