Citrus Records 2007
This new album from Florida's ska pioneers has been a long time in the making but well worth the wait. From chilled out throbbing reggae to straight up ska scorchers, Magadog stir up a nice blend of Jamaican and Florida sunshine.
Hearts On Fire bursts out with blazing horns! Furiously upbeat and smokin' hot. Strong rhythm section with some wicked trumpet, sax, and guitar solos. Once you've been burned up, it's time for a melt down with On The Dial. This RnB tinged soul stomper reminds me of a Stubborn All-Stars tune. But don't think copy cat, cuz' the sound is all their own. This tune is full of special ingredients that tickle the lobes left and right.
They change gears in the middle with the chilled out reggae title track Sunrise. Think Caribbean. Then into Jim Pedigo's Scare Tatics which sounds like it's right out of the early 90's UK ska scene. The following tune Lita is one of the highlights for me. Ed Lowery really shows some strong soulful vocals on this one. The whole thing hits just right.
The drumming and piano interplay on Frustration will have you movin' and groovin' in no time. If you like Hepcat or Westbound Train, you'll like this tune.
Sunset fittingly closes out the album. Another upbeat ska fight song with a flurry of horns. More scorching solos to leave you begging for more.
Recorded over the course of 7 years you get a baker's dozen worth of songs that represent that that time span nicely.
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