CD Review: The Green, Ways & Means

[Easy Star, 2011]

Ways and Means, The GreenFor some reason musicians of the islands of Hawai’i often do an amazing job with the music of the island of Jamaica. There’s something in the water besides salt, apparently. Anyway, here’s another example. Through their Ways & Means, the four members of The Green have bestowed on us 14 tracks of progressive yet rootsy reggae. It has distinct echoes of Third World and Steel Pulse scattered around, in both the instrumentation and vocals, but the album features lots of originality too, and quite a bunch of delightful musical surprises.

Originality? Yeah, the tunes are original (for the most part, that is, but you can safely ignore “She Was The Best”), and moreover they’re appealing and often catchy. Surprises, you ask? Yeah, for example the spare, crooked beat of “Decisions,” the interesting structure and tempo changes of the title track, the lively and fuzzy guitar solo that saves “Love & Affection” from lovers’ rock oblivion, and the disarming piano intro to “That’s The Way.” Overall, with its complex arrangements and introspective, relatively grounded lyrical concerns (that is, relative to the reggae norm), the disc comes across as solid and sophisticated, an hour of highly pleasurable music.



About Ted Boothroyd :

Ted has enjoyed music all his increasingly lengthy life. He has gone through various favorite artists along the way, from his mommy crooning lullabies at crib side to his dad singing folk songs on car trips to The Everly Brothers to Ian and Sylvia to The Dave Brubeck Quartet to The Lovin’ Spoonful to The Kinks to The Miracles to Ravi Shankar to Tchaikovsky to Pentangle to Miriam Makeba to The Red Army Chorus and Band to Captain Beefheart to Gilbert and Sullivan to The McGarrigle Sisters to The Clash to Louis Jordan to The Flying Bulger Klezmer Band to Manu Chao. He has trouble choosing favorites when it comes to reggae - that fixation has been too longstanding and too complete. Ted started writing about music late in 2002 with a book review in The Beat, continuing with book and album reviews until the magazine's untimely passing. His association with Jahworks.org dates back to 2003, and he has hosted a couple of radio shows featuring reggae and "world music". Ted also sculpts in plaster and wood. | View all posts by Ted Boothroyd

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Ted has enjoyed music all his increasingly lengthy life. He has gone through various favorite artists along the way, from his mommy crooning lullabies at crib side to his dad singing folk songs on car trips to The Everly Brothers to Ian and Sylvia to The Dave Brubeck Quartet to The Lovin’ Spoonful to The Kinks to The Miracles to Ravi Shankar to Tchaikovsky to Pentangle to Miriam Makeba to The Red Army Chorus and Band to Captain Beefheart to Gilbert and Sullivan to The McGarrigle Sisters to The Clash to Louis Jordan to The Flying Bulger Klezmer Band to Manu Chao. He has trouble choosing favorites when it comes to reggae - that fixation has been too longstanding and too complete.

Ted started writing about music late in 2002 with a book review in The Beat, continuing with book and album reviews until the magazine's untimely passing. His association with Jahworks.org dates back to 2003, and he has hosted a couple of radio shows featuring reggae and "world music". Ted also sculpts in plaster and wood.

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