The release of The Dirty Heads’ sophomore album, “Cabin By The Sea” was released almost a month ago. Its release couldn’t have been better timed. Much like its debut album, “Any Port in a Storm”, this new release is a good Summer road trip record. Fans of the band’s debut album will welcome this release as the sound on both releases is so similar.
The album’s real opener and title track is a nice easy going beachy island type of sound. It’s a nice gentle open to the record. It’s followed by the 311-esque ‘Disguise’. The hip-hop style mixed with the horns make for an interesting Latin-tinged piece. Following ‘Disguise’ is perhaps one of the album’s best songs in ‘Spread Way Too Thin.’ This song makes itself a fan favorite without even trying. It’s infused with elements of Jack Johnson and 311. Front man Dustin Bushnell sings on the song “I, I’m spread way too thin/Everybody wants to know what’s happening/I, I’m spread way too thin/what’s the big rush now/tell me why you’re rushin’. It’s just an easy going anthem that every listener will love for its theme of relaxation.
The Dirty Heads show their more modern influences on “Cabin By The Sea” with many of its songs. But there’s also an older school influence from the one and only Bob Marley. The band does more than merely showing Marley’s influence on ‘Your Love.’ It pays tribute to Marley with the inclusion of one Kymani Marley on the song. It takes that Marley influence and seamlessly fuses it together with its own hip-hop style on “Dance All Night’ for another of the album’s high points. Matisyahu joins the boys on this one to add his own extra spice to the mix.
“Cabin By The Sea” is a good beachy record for a sunny Summer day. For fans who want a little more, the rap stylings of ‘Mongo Push’ and ‘Smoke Rings’ will get them moving, too. Del The Funky Homosapien joined the band on ‘Smoke Rings’ for what is the album’s most hard edged song. It’s definitely not a song for children. And while it’s not a rap song, the same applies to ‘Best Of Us.’ The more mature themes of these songs and the language are not suitable for younger listeners.
“Cabin By The Sea” is available now in stores and online. Fans can download an exclusive deluxe edition via iTunes. The band is currently touring in support of the album. NC based Dirty Heads fans will get a chance to see the band live this Summer when it performs Saturday, August 18th at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. Fans can get a full list of the band’s tour dates and more online at http://www.dirtyheads.com, http://www.facebook.com/DirtyHeads, http://twitter.com/#!/dirtyheads, and on its official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/DirtyHeads.
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