Island Mele: ‘Take Me On’ by The Green
REVIEW BY JOHN BERGER / email@example.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.
In 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.
John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.