Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CD Review: The Dirty Heads Ride "The Storm"

Last year The Dirty Heads were considered one of the "best new bands of 2010" by Rolling Stone magazine. This year, they are continuing their success with a special edition release of their 2008 debut album "Any Port In A Storm." The album hit #55 on the Billboard album charts and garnished a #1 single on both the US Alternative charts and the US Rock charts with the song "Lay Me Down."

For those who don't know who The Dirty Heads are, they are a reggae, rap, rock group from Southern California. Their music draws strong similarities to early Sublime with traces of 311 and Eminem. The album's first single, "Stand Tall" carries a strong reggae vibe. The new special edition also has an acoustic version that feels more laid back as you really hear the harmonizing between the band members. The album switches back and forth between the tropical sounds of songs like "Driftin'" and the hip-hop attack of songs like "Check The Level" and "Hip Hop Misfits." The song "Believe" is great fun to listen to as the group throws in tributes to many of their heroes. The album's second single "Lay Me Down" features Rome Ramirez from Sublime With Rome on vocals and gives off a great vibe. With 23 songs on their debut album, The Dirty Heads lay it all out as to who they are.

The Dirty Heads are heading out on tour with Gym Class Heroes. For a complete list of dates, please visit the band website at dirtyheads.com.

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