Owe it To The People brought to us by Albino Rhino is as if Les Claypool and The Red Hot Chili Peppers were to have a baby. They would owe it to the people to come out with a great album if there so happened to be such a baby. The album forges the path with the song “Smile Train.” The singer’s voice is more Weenish than anything else. A bit whiny and nasally and somewhat comical but in a good way. Oil slick guitar riffs lubricate each track and mellow but strong drum parts leads the way.
The next track “Sunday Night” reminds me of that band Dispatch. Something about this album keeps making me think of all these different artists that pop into my head. I am pretty positive that this song was made with a sense of humor fueling it. "The weekend goes way too fast, Can I get through this week this week." This one goes out to all of the Sunday nightclub goers that still want to keep on raging the weekend on, clinking glasses filled with beer and laughing at the fact that we look forward to these three, not even three, but two-and-a-half measly days to enjoy ourselves. The weekend does go way too fast! Simple guitar strumming that is not very differentiated, mostly straightforward and delivering the same chords over and over again. The lyrics beg to ask, "Can you get through this week?" And I say yes. I think you can too. You have made it this far!
Next up, “Gato Tranquilo” gets a little Latino vibes into the mix. This one feels sentimental and nostalgic. I enjoy its jazzy guitar finger dancing. Lots of fancy dinnertime like plucking going on with plenty of soft golden cymbal use. The cymbals feel like mini rain showers in my ears. The drums in this song remind me of those rains that come down in Hawaii for approximately two minutes while the sun is out; I actually do believe they call them sun showers. However this song is obviously about a relaxed gator. Perhaps the wild hair in the band is calmed within this track. I can feel that.
If the tune “101 (Winter’s song)” is their winter song, they must have a pretty sunny winter or pretty sunny attitudes instead. It is joyous, uplifting and dance-y. I could see this as one of the most danciest songs on the short album. The singer chosen in this song is again, funny and on point. The guitar licks sound like a dusty kickball game. The whole tune does. It feels dusty, playful and dance-y. For sure an action packed track.
The song “Klezmer” is different than all the rest. It feels a bit more heart beat like and as if Blondie's track “Heart of Glass” had something to do with it. Some intermittent clapping/snapping in this song mixed with some really dope guitar rhythms make this one a winner. It is all-instrumental which I like a lot. I think they should make more all-instrumental tracks. It is a bit circus-y, light and fun.
Overall, Owe It To The People is a great album laced with instrumental tracks and other songs that switch off and on with different singers from the band. It is eclectic, groovy and spontaneous. I highly suggest checking out.
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