A ‘Stoopidly’ wicked album

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A ‘Stoopidly’ wicked album

Michael Liggins

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Ocean Beach natives Slightly Stoopid have been producing righteous and harmonic music since the mid 1990’s. For the last seventeen years, fans of the reggae band have grown to expect a certain standard of sound and rhythm from the group. With the Aug. 14 release of their newest album “ Top of the World” they have exceeded expectations.

The six band members who form Slightly Stoopid have a distinct sound to their songs. Influences from musical genres such as jazz, reggae and hip-hop can all be found on the group’s album.

Lead vocalist Miles Doughty’s talent really comes across on songs such as “Serious Man” and “ Pon Da Horizon,” in which he displays his range and control.

Fans will enjoy tracks like “ Just Thinking” which combine infectious choruses with liquid smooth rap verses.

The perfect focusing of various musical instruments such as keyboards, saxophones, guitars and bongos show off the band’s composition skills.

The beats featured on “Top of the World” are extremely pleasant and easy on the ears, while their deep lyrics massage the soul.

Slightly Stoopid really fulfills reggae music’s connection with poetry.

Songs like “Serious Man” and “Working” effectively communicate the band’s message of easy living and peace.

On the “Working” track Miles Doughty bellows, “ It’s never easy waking up in the morning time, And living isn’t easy when your life’s on the line.”

Listening to “ I’m on Fire” really connects fans with the raw emotion produced by the band.

Slightly Stoopid collaborates with a wide range of reggae and hip-hop artists to bring a fresh sound to “ Top of the World.”

Jamaican singer and composer Don Carlo guest stars on the track, “ Marijuana.”

Los Angeles alternative rock musician Angelo Moore chips in on the upbeat track “ Ska Diddy.”

And Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 is featured on the song “ Just Thinking” as well.

As summer comes to an end it’s good to have a solid groovy album like “ Top of the World” to take with us into the school year. A combination of great                                                       of collaborators make it one of 2012’s biggest hits.

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