Supertones Strike Back
Grace has saved me and his grace will suffice
So I jump for Jesus who frees us
Let's get dumb like Beavis, I don't care who sees us
We want this whole band to be a big love letter
So we play the ska and it makes you feel better
God's got love for us so we got love for you
It's your life so what you wanna do?"
The songs and the music are so good, with some truly sublime ska on this cd. It seems like the Supertones have been doing their homework, possibly digging up some Specials music, and maybe some Madness from around 1980. The music this time is a hybrid of two-tone and third wave ska. The Supertones are masters at the combination. The band's first record, Adventures of the O.C. Supertones, was all third wave ska. They have become a bigger, better Supertones this time out. Nearly every song has elements of both types of ska. Most songs start with the quieter, two-tone blend of organ and bass with the trebly guitar on the upbeat, but then kick into high gear at some point with an energetic brass section and distortion guitar. The production by Steve Kravac is very good too, far better than the debut. I can hear the horns and the rest of the band clearly here, which is important (and not always done right on ska records, by the way).
A prime example of the new style is the latest hit off of the CD, "Resolution" The song mixes beautifully the two styles of ska with a bouncy bass line and then driving horns and guitar at the chorus. The song is a testimony of someone who wants to get back to a relationship with God like they once had. The lyric says:
Purge my mind of mud and mire
Cast all my gods away and
I am brand new today. I make my resolution.
So you want to know what the ska hype is about? Pick up this one and you'll know.-----Tony LaFianza