Thursday, May 3, 2012

CD Review: SOJA's 'Strength To Survive'

Strength To Survive
ATO Records

SOJA is a DC-based band with reggae and jam ties amidst a folk/rock foundation. Thirteen songs represent a good selection of reggae music with reverberating keys, airy flutes, grungy guitars, and pensive percussion. Strength To Survive is their fourth album, which is produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews, O.A.R., and John Mayer). Even a hint of funk and blues is evident on "Everything Changes." An acoustic version of "Gone Today" lightens the mood somewhat without reggae infusions. The reggae genre is the real winner here. Good melodies, catchy rhythms, and clear vocals makes following along an easy venture. Strength To Survive will survive well into the future. ~ Matthew Forss

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