Thursday, August 11, 2011

CD Review: Taj Weekes & Adowa's 'A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen'

Taj Weekes & Adowa

A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen

The soul-stirring, conscientious lyrics, and reggae-swagger of St. Lucia's Taj Weekes and his Adowa Band bring to life an amazing set of songs with a bit of roots-rock, folk, and loads of island tempos. The album is largely contemporary and representative of the Lesser Antilles. Though, in this case, less(er) is more. The English lyrics and folksy guitar, bass, B-3, keyboards, drums, and assorted instruments of piano, harmonica, sax, flute, and strings create a very pleasant atmosphere to be enjoyed on the beach as much as in the privacy of one's own office. The classic beats and breezy vocals are not to be missed. Every track is catchy and infused with the intoxicating essence of island love. English lyrics are provided in the liner notes. As a bonus, the liner notes fold out into a poster of Taj. Fans of Australian folk, Caribbean folk, and good music will not be disappointed with Taj's third release. ~ Matthew Forss

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