Reggae act Indubious is keeping itself busy this month. The band is scheduled to launch a new tour April 15 in Portland, OR. The brief tour, which is scheduled to run through June 19 in Yuba City, CA, is in support of the band’s latest album, The Bridge. Expectations for the 13-song album, released Friday through Easy Star Records, are high considering the success of the band’s 2017 album From Zero and its follow-up, 2019’s Beleaf. From Zero debuted at #6 on the Billboard Reggae Chart and #8 on the iTunes Reegae Charts. Beleaf improved on the success of its predecessor, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart and #2 on the iTunes Reggae Charts. This shows that the group’s work throughout the years is paying off. Keeping all of this in mind, Bridges meets expectations. That is proven through the record’s musical and lyrical content alike. ‘Neva Bow (ft. Zion I),’ which comes early in the record’s 52-minute run is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements. It will be discussed shortly. ‘Life Joyful (ft. Jah9),’ which comes later in the record, is another example of what makes the album successful. It will be discussed later. ‘Undeniable (ft. Wookiefoot)’ also shows what makes The Bridge notable among this year’s new reggae albums. It will also be discussed later. All three songs noted here are equally important to the success of The Bridge. When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s works, the whole makes The Bridge an album that will connect equally with Indubious’ established audience base and reggae fans alike.
Indubious’ new album The Bridge is a presentation that will appeal widely to audiences. That includes the group’s established audiences and reggae fans in general. This is proven collectively through the record’s musical and lyrical content. The group wastes little time supporting the noted statements, too. ‘Neva Bow (ft. Zion I),’ which comes early in the album is just one example of the record’s success. The song’s musical arrangement is a welcome break from the normal reggae arrangement featuring the same old same old keyboards, drums, and guitar. Rather, the arrangement opts more for a rap type approach here. Yes, the standard reggae sound is present, but it takes a back seat to the noted more commercially accessible influence in this case. The steady beat and bass line pairs with that all too familiar reggae work to make the whole a unique, welcome change of pace this time out. That infectious musical arrangement pairs with the song’s equally accessible lyrical theme to make it stand out even more.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Neva Bow (ft. Zion I)’ matches the song’s title well. Early on, the statement is made, “We got the strength to move a mountain.” So it doesn’t take long to support that statement. Already, the group is delivering a message of mental and emotional strength to listeners here. There is even what seems like a reference to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the statement is made, “You think a virus gonna stop us now?/The ground shook/We’ll never bow.” This, along with the all too familiar mentions of Jah and so many other commonplace reggae lyrical items will appeal just as much to audiences. What can be inferred overall here is that the song is meant to inspire listeners not to give up, even in a difficult situation like what is happening globally now. That the song’s musical is so infectious, that message is certain to resonate with listeners even more. The whole here is just one example of what makes The Bridge appealing to the noted audiences. ‘Life Joyful (ft. Jah9)’ is another example of what makes the album successful.
‘Life Joyful (ft. Jah9)’ stands out because this time out, the group opted for a more R&B style influence as the center for its musical arrangement. Yes, the standard reggae sound is there once again, but once again it takes more of a backseat to the noted primary influence. It is another welcome change of pace from the standard that runs through most of the album. The laid back, relaxed energy in the arrangement and the general effect of the instrumentation and vocals makes the arrangement in whole another memorable addition to the album. When the positive vibes that the arrangement generates are paired with the optimism generated through the song’s lyrical content, the whole makes the song stand out even more.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Life Joyful (ft. Jah9)’ comes across as another familiar topic. In this case, the song takes on the topic of just living life the best that we can. While not all of the lyrics here are able to be deciphered without a lyrics sheet, enough can be deciphered that this educated inference can be made. The mention of how people “commune in love but say negative greater” is a brief but powerful statement that helps to certify the noted inference. There is also a mention early in the song that mentions a person wanting “to ascend and avoid disaster.” This is that metaphorical language that references wanting to be better and avoid the trappings of the world. It is pretty much par for course in the reggae community. That aside, it still resonates just as much as in any other reggae work. When it pairs with the song’s musical arrangement, the whole stands out even more. It is just one more example of what makes the album successful. ‘Undeniable (ft. Wookiefoot)’ is yet another example of why reggae fans will want to hear the presentation.
‘Undeniable (ft. Wookiefoot)’ is perhaps the most unique of the songs featured in The Bridge, at least in regard to its musical arrangement. The reggae leanings that flesh out so much of the album are here. But that reggae sound is countered soundly (no pun intended) by a much more mainstream, almost pop sound in its contemplative approach. The keyboard line and basic bass drum pairing creates an almost ethereal feel while the vocals join in to make the song even more emotional. The two distinctly different elements are expertly balanced here to make the overall arrangement one of the album’s most unique arrangements if not its best. The emotion generated through the song’s arrangement is just one part of what makes the song notable. Its lyrical companion adds its own depth to the song.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Undeniable (ft. Wookiefoot)’ is another positive, uplifting work that will move listeners. At one point, listeners receive the confirmation that “You’re the only miracle that you’ll ever need/You’re undeniable.” That affirmation is something that any and every listener will appreciate. The refrain that “the ship is always safe at the shore/But that is not what it’s built for” adds to the impact of the song’s lyrical content. It is a reminder that people have to take risks. They have to leave those places of safety and security, but that is because, as the other line notes, “You’re the only miracle that you’ll ever need.” Add in the comparison of the shine “in each and every eye” to the sparkle of the stars in the sky and that message promoting confidence gains even more strength. Again, when this obvious message is paired with the song’s radio ready musical arrangement, the whole makes clear why the song stands out. In turn, it proves even more why the album is worth hearing. When this song and the others examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes unquestionable, the album’s appeal. To that end, the whole of the album becomes a work that will connect with every reggae fan.
Indubious’ brand new album, The Bridge, is a record that any reggae fan will find appealing. That is proven through the album’s musical and lyrical content together. The record’s musical arrangements do show plenty of the all too familiar sound and approach that is taken with most records in the genre. At the same time, it also changes things up a bit, making for some added interest. The songs noted here support that statement. The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements adds even more to the album’s appeal. That is because, as with the musical arrangements, they are familiar to reggae fans. The lyrical themes are those of unity and positivity in so many ways. So when those uplifting themes are paired with the record’s musical content, those aspects add even more interest to the presentation. Again, the songs examined here support the noted statements. When these songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s works, the whole becomes a work that any reggae fan will find worth hearing at least once. The Bridge is available now. More information on the album is available along with Indubious’ latest news at:
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