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The Lions (Los Angeles): This Generation *

Track List

>Bird on a Wire - (featuring Malik Moore)
>This Generation - (featuring Black Shakespeare/Malik Moore)
>Picture on the Wall - (featuring Leroy Sibbles)
>Revelations - (featuring Black Shakespeare)
>New Girl - (featuring James King)
>Pieces of a Man - (featuring Alex Desert)
>More/Higher Ways - (featuring Black Shakespeare/Malik Moore)
>Jamie's Cryin' - (featuring Alex Desert)
>Be Easy - (featuring Alex Desert)
>Padre Ichiro - (featuring Malik Moore)
>Roll It 'Round - (featuring Black Shakespeare)
>Let's Go Out Tonight - (featuring Black Shakespeare)

Album Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The Lions excel at composition, crafting positive consciousness' originals laced with great dubby bass, buzzing Hammonds and Burning Spear horns..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Eddie Felix (vocals, saxophone); Alex Desert, Malik Moore, Deston Berry (vocals); Sergio Rios, Devin Morrison, Dan Ubick (guitar); Steve Kaye (melodica, glockenspiel); James King (alto saxophone); David Goodwin (trombone); Dan Hastie (piano, Clavinet, organ); Blake Colie (drum set); Davey Chegwidden (percussion).

Audio Mixers: Steve Kaye; Blake Colie; Dan Ubick.

Recording information: Killion Sound, North Hollywood, CA; Lion's Den Studios, Topanga, CA; Pico Medical Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Wilderstyle Studios, Glendale, CA.

Now on Stones Throw, the massive L.A. reggae group offer up all the slinky grooves and great musicianship of their debut, but This Generation also showcases a better set of songs and more ambitious musical themes. As with Jungle Struttin', the 18 players on the album know their roots, and do a commendable job imitating the sounds of Jamaican reggae pioneers, incorporating all the little details that make this pass as the real-deal dusty vinyl of the '70s. Their last 2008 album was essentially a display of instrumental roots and dub (with the exception of a rocksteady version of the funk standard "Think (About It)," featuring Noelle Scaggs, and it was an impressive outing, but this feels more like a finished album than a calling card by a party band. The five vocalists on board, Malik Moore, Black Shakespeare, Deston Berry, Eddie Felix, and Alex Desert (who might be recognizable from his former acting gigs in the movies PCU and Swingers, or his steady role on the Becker sitcom) act like a well-polished unit, spreading messages of positivity while never stepping on each other's feet in the booth -- an impressive task, considering how hard it must be to fit all those guys in a studio. The self-titled track is the most celebratory moment on the album, but there's consistently fun to be had. Even the cover of Van Halen's "Jamie's Crying" works. Like so many albums on Stones Throw, PB Wolf's background in psych, funk, and soul plays an influence, and the adherence to details makes it seem like an authentic blast from the past. This is just one of those albums that works great either as a stoney throwback or a party-starter. ~ Jason Lymangrover



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