Limited LP: Red Vinyl
Tim Armstrong, guitarist and frontman of Rancid, took a different path on his 2007 solo debut.
With able backing from L.A reggae revivalists The Aggrolites, Armstrong crafted a grooving, fun-filled modern reggae album, influenced by ska, rock steady, roots reggae and dancehall, filtered through a modern pop-punk attitude. The sound of the record (nimble, jumped-up, retro but fully modern) impresses instantly, but as the record progresses, Armstrong's voice emerges as the star. His raspy croon, staccato toasting and ragged shout fit the reggae sound surprisingly well.
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