Island Mele: ‘Take Me On’ by The Green

Jun. 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

REVIEW BY JOHN BERGER / jberger@staradvertiser.com

‘Take Me On’ / ‘Something About It’

The Green (Easy Star)

The Green — Hoku Award-winners in 2011 for their self-titled debut album — start the countdown to the Aug. 20 release of their third full length album with two download-only singles.

0602 thegreenIn the old days of vinyl records and cassettes singles had an “A-side” (the song that the record label was putting out as the “hit”) and a B-side (a song usually seen as expendable filler). With digital-only releases every song is an “A-side” although the group lists “Take Me On” first in a press release.

Both songs bring forward the group’s commitment to traditional Jamaican-style rhythms, original compositions, and tight commercial arrangements. “Take Me On” shows that The Green is fully in touch with its Jamaican reggae roots. “Something About It” ends with a guitar solo that brings rock traditions into the picture.

Both songs position The Green as frontrunners for Best Reggae Album at next year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
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John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at jberger@staradvertiser.com.

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