The Black Seeds - On the Sun Album Review
08 Feb 2004 // A review by Shade
By RUSSELL BAILLIE
(Herald rating: * * *)
It is a backhand compliment, but the Black Seeds - another outfit from Wellington supporting the theory that every second flat in Newtown comes with its own brass section - are a goodtime kind of band.
That's certainly reinforced by their second album, On The Sun, a crisp, catchy, if slightly mannered collection of dub-funk with an icing of sweet pop tunes.
Often their songs suggest they are the collections of other people's best bits. Except for the lyrics, that is - some very good singing is wasted on some very dull words throughout.
Still, it doesn't lack for variety from the big and brassy opening stomp of Tuk Tuk, through the slow-loping pop reggae of Turn It Around and ska-paced Sort It Out, the disco-damaged funk of Bring You Up, or Fire, which sits somewhere between Sly and Robbie's take on a song by the same name and Parliament's P-Funk classic Flashlight.
All that, of course, is plenty of people's idea of a good time. But some bands can get the party started without feeling the need for a personality bypass first.
About The Black Seeds
Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful live show, and a sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music. With numerous European festival tours behind them, and a successful 2009 North American album release, their following continues to spread quickly around the globe.
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Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, at its core The Black Seeds music is a boundary-crossing sound fusion of big-beat funk, dub, soul, mixed with vintage roots-reggae.
Described by Clash Magazine as "one of the best reggae acts on the planet", their legendary 8-piece live show brings the raw energy and good vibes wherever it goes. They have countless sell-out New Zealand and Australasian tours behind them, and regularly perform at many of Europe and North America’s biggest festivals.