The reggae/ska/rock group Skinny White Boys started off as one skinny white boy named Gregory Grre Gstalder. His self-titled release Skinny White Boys certainly sounds like more than just one person. Reggae isn't the type of genre that most people venture into by themselves. There are plenty of singer/songwriters out there armed with an acoustic guitar and years of sadness and EDM artists who stare at their laptops in their bedrooms but not many people doing what Gstalder does.
The results are a lot better than expected to be honest. On paper it doesn’t sound that appealing for one person to combining these like-minded genres but the execution works. There are a couple reasons for this. The production and recording quality is a bit shy from what you would expect from a professional studio but holds up; the singing style is aesthetically pleasing and the songs are well written.
Up first is the upbeat “Spring Time” which is a highlight on the album. It comes out of the gate with good vibes that give you a sense of warm weather and good times. In fact the lyrics are actually about springtime coming. The guitar parts are fun and spaced out between the bass and drums. Great song.
As the album progresses a lot of the songs have a similar vibe but there were a couple which certainly stuck out to me. “Made it count” is a relaxed, chill song that not only has some impressive lead guitar but also makes you want to sip on a margarita. “Molly” veers towards more ska than reggae while “Green of your eyes” has one of the most memorable vocal melodies. “No Matter” is a danceable, upbeat song that is a damn near party. Do you need a little serotonin boost? Play this song.
Skinny White Boys is a fluid, seamless album that displays talent from Gstalder. The good news is he recruited a couple more skinny white boys to fill out the band so there may be better things to come.
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