By: Greg Horowitz
There’s something to be said for an album that stands the test of time, a band that can still rock a show after years of touring, or a band who’s music hits your inner core. Then, there’s Slightly Stoopid and their new album Top of the World. The last time I remember connecting with an album the way I have with Top of the World was back in January when Rebelution released Peace of Mind. It’s not often you can listen to tracks off the same album collectively over 250 times in 6 days since it’s release.
The best part of the album is that the music never gets old. It only grows on you. Personally, I think this is some of the best stuff Slightly Stoopid has put out in years. The new album features special guests Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5/Ozomatli), Angela Hunte (co-writer of “Empire State of Mind”), Angelo Moore (of Fishbone), G. Love (of G. Love and the Special Sauce), and reggae legends Don Carlos and Barrington Levy.
My favorite song off the album is “Mona June” with Angela Hunte. It has such a relaxing Caribbean style reggae vibe, followed by some great vocals by Miles and Kyle with the incredible voice of Angela Hunte, who absolutely killed it! What an amazing voice!
“Just Thinking” with Chali 2na is also another great song off the new album. After years of performing with Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, and most recently with Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee (both of Break Science), he linked up with Slightly Stoopid to produce this track. His verse features his “distinctive bass-heavy voice,” over some dubbed reggae music. A perfect combination!
The title track of the album, “Top of the World,” is also a great track. Occasionally, title tracks of albums aren’t as good as some other songs on a particular album, however, Slightly Stoopid rose to the task on Top of the World and produced a masterpiece from start to finish!
“Pon da Horizon” takes more of a funky instrumental approach, incorporating solos from the horns. It’s not often that Slightly Stoopid will shift away from their reggae vibes, but this transition on “Pon da Horizon” was a great move.
“Ska Diddy” featuring Angelo Moore (of Fishbone) also takes on a different style from the sound most Slightly Stoopid fans are accustomed to. Yet, once again, it turns out to be another great song. “Ska Diddy” is the kind of song that will get you up and moving, and dancing all around.
“Ur Love” featuring Barrington Levy, is a great example of mixing reggae styles of the old and new. Levy has been a part of the reggae music scene for years. Bringing him back to play alongside Slightly after their last collaboration on the 2005 album, Closer to the Sun, was nothing short of perfect.
I’m truly very impressed with the latest material from Slightly Stoopid and definitely put them on my list of bands that you absolutely must see the next time they’re in your town. Currently ranked #18 on iTunes best selling albums list, Top of the World is a must buy for anyone who enjoys reggae music! Thank you Slightly Stoopid for creating such an amazing album!