Nothing More To Say (CD)

No other label has managed to keep retro sounds revolutionary the way Daptone Records has. The Budos Band, Charles Bradley, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are so perfectly vintage that it makes them sound distinctly modern and ear grabbing to anyone who associates great musical traditions with the songs of Motown, Philles, and Stax Records. So it's no surprise that their newest act, The Frightnrs, make some of the most simple, beautiful rocksteady since Millie Small stole radio waves with her hit "My Boy Lollipop." Listening to Nothing More To Say it's hard to believe you are hearing a quartet from the U.S. and not a rare groove from Jamaica. There's no fetishizing of classic sounds but instead a real, authentic love and understanding of reggae forms that get your head nodding. From the opening piano riff and metallic snares on "All My Tears," you are transported to another world. The poetry of the heart-breaking lyrics against the raw production blends so beautifully together. "Gotta Find A Way" is another ode to self-deprecating, tortured romance that feels organic and sincere against the swaying rhythm. And the gentle organ hums almost steal the show with their spooky, atmospheric mood. With the guidance of Daptone producer extraordinaire, Victor "Ticklah" Axelrod, The Frightnrs' first album is going to cause a (quiet) stir that will get people sashaying and couples kissing. Lay this on your platter and feel the room get mellow.

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