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Old 01-02-2014, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there good folks of music banter. I don't know if a thread like this already exists and if so could somebody point in the right direction and I will post this there. Anyway I was wondering if anyone knows music artists that get progressively better with each album release?

I started recently thinking about this when I sat down for a weekend and took a heavy listening dose of CunninLynguists. I've become a major fan now and marvelled at how talented they are at their art. Each album just got better then the next, well with the exception of "A Piece Of Strange" which was a ****ing masterpiece! Even the groups solo efforts and mixtapes were solid.

So yeah, recommendations to artists that manage to get better with each album release or that are consistently good would be really appreciated
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cool thread!

I would say Rebelution certainly progressed a whole lot through their debut EP and first three albums.

Their first full length album released in 2007 Courage To Grow was really good, showed a lot of potential in the band. They have a really clean reggae sound on this album, with really catchy melodies and tasty guitar licks. Erics guitar work really got me into this band years ago because its pretty unique in this genre.

A very very solid album with a few skippable songs. 3.5 outta 5

With their second album Bright Side Of Life, Rebelution continued with their clean reggae sound but added more depth. Horn sections, more piano and keyboard as well as more use of acoustic guitar. Eric also really developed his voice a lot between the albums.

Another very solid release from the band, with a nice amount of new depth. 4 out of 5

With their latest release Peace of Mind, Rebelution completely blew me away. Each song really stands out as it's own being and it really shows how far these guys have come as song writers. The arrangements on the songs are so good. They don't limit themselves on this album, their is a song for everyone. There are elements of world music, drum and bass, reggae, rock, ska, hip hop sprinkled all in a beautiful soothing sound of amazingness.

If that wasn't good enough, the album is a triple album. With the original studio versions, as well as acoustic and dub versions for each song. It shows that these guys really love to make music. Each version is unique and in some cases I enjoy the acoustic versions more than the studio versions.

Their first two albums had me as a casual fan but this album really made me now a lifelong fan of them. Every song is great, not a skippable one among them. When you include the dub and acoustic versions then you're looking at over two hours of sheer reggae deliciousness 5 outta 5!

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Old 01-04-2014, 06:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks a bunch I wasn't expecting a response anytime soon so I appreciate that. As for your recommendation, shamefully I haven't listened to as much regggae as I should. I only own a handful of albums from the genre. So I can't really give an informed and constructive opinion on your recommendations. Although, I will say this. That's some damn good reggae BOY!!! Or should I say that's some damn good music BOY!!! Rebelution is quite the incredible band. I have yet to listen to their first album release 'Courage to Grow' to see how the groups foundation sound began. But I have managed to sit down and listen to 'Brighter Side of Life' and 'Peace of Mind'.

This is exactly what I was looking for in music artists. Those who set a standard of expectations and develop their sound to not just meet them but completely blow them away. Anyhow, good sir you have made a new fan for the group. At the moment I can't stop listening to Peace of Mind. From the various elements incoporated in the sound, to the body moving delivery of the band and the soul moving lyrics, it's really a beautiful album. Listen to me sounding like a high school girl with a major crush. Anyway thanks again man for bringing the good vibes.
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