Sublime with Rome
Yours Truly


2.5
average

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
July 15th, 2011 | 72 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sublime w/o Brad.

It’s not that a band has never replaced its lead singer with hopes to continue touring and releasing music. We’ve seen it done before and it’ll continue to happen until the end of time. The situation with Sublime however is a bit different, I’m afraid. When Bradley Nowell died in 1996, the remaining two members vowed not to continue under that name in respects to their fallen band mate. However time has passed and a new age arises where promises have dissolved apparently. I’m not making the accusation that Sublime with Rome is the same as Sublime, but you have to admit it’s not a very clever name change. The two remaining members of Sublime, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh, thought it would be a swell idea to recruit a new lead singer, add with and his name at the end of Sublime, and start off on their own venture. But as we can see from their first full length as a “separate” band, all it does is drag Sublime’s legacy through the mud.

There are two ways to look at Sublime with Rome; one as an entirely separate band and the other as if Wilson and Gaugh replaced Brad with Rome Ramirez. Looking at it from both perspectives Rome is nothing to brag about. His voice is whiny and almost grating at times, with almost no reggae influence to be found. Yours Truly itself is more of a punk album with ska influence if anything. It doesn’t have that dub/reggae edge that Nowell brought to the table and without that influence there isn’t much variation to be had. At times Wilson does a good job bringing forth the ska influence, but it just isn’t as prominent as in his previous work. More of the songs found here are chord heavy; often times overpowering the drums so they almost cannot be heard.

Aside from the large number of songs that Sublime fans will scoff at, there are a few enjoyable ones. “Lovers Rock” the albums second single, is the most reggae influenced song and the only with any replay value. In the first half of the album there are a handful of songs in the two minute range, all which are pretty energetic and heavy by their standards. “My World”, which is one of the better ska songs on the album, switches the style from ska to hard rock, leaving nothing but confusion. The second half of the album is mirror opposite to the first. Songs only vary by a matter of 10-20 seconds and they all sound the same after playing for a minute. The album closer is the only other song than the previously mentioned ones to have any dub/reggae influence and that is courtesy of Wiz Khalifa. While his appearance isn’t unexpected, it’s actually a nice break from his normal horrendous yapping about rolling papers.

There’s no doubt that this album is going to have mixed reviews. On one side you have the hardcore fans that feel Sublime died in its entirety with Brad and you’ll find the ones that adamantly say it’s a separate entity. The fact remains that Wilson and Gaugh tried to use the Sublime name until they were stopped by a judge and therefore had to come up with this crazy creation. Rome Ramirez is no Bradley Knowell, he knows that and he’s not trying to take his place. However an album like this should’ve been concocted under a different moniker in order to stave off comparisons. In any case Yours Truly is a poorly constructed album, one with little variation and it simply just misses everything it had intended to do.



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Blindsided
July 15th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Originally written for: http://www.beholdermedia.com/2011/sublime-with-rome-yours-truly/

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fsharptrit0ne
July 15th 2011


4814 Comments


who the fuck says that?

Kris.
July 15th 2011


12345 Comments


jesus christ butthurt sublime fans can't get over it

Blindsided
July 15th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Some reviews said that.



Satellite
July 15th 2011


20818 Comments


sublime was never that great anyway

most annoying fan base ever, too

Kris.
July 15th 2011


12345 Comments


yeah sublime fans are annoying as fuck

cvlts
July 15th 2011


8960 Comments


having never heard of sublime, review read like a you already had an opinion even before you even heard the album.

Blindsided
July 15th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No I've heard the album enough times to form an opinion, and it was hard to write it and not compare
the original band to the offshoot.

cvlts
July 15th 2011


8960 Comments


and outside of reservations against the usage of the sublime name and Romes voice, review had nothing but good things to say about the album.

Blindsided
July 15th 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I guess I could re-write or write more to a part of why it didn't sound ska enough but I didn't want to repeat myself.

ThePac
July 15th 2011


219 Comments


feat. Wiz Khalifa ....how the fuck

sublimefan1991
July 15th 2011


757 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

given my username, i'm of course not entirely objective here, but i liked your review. the only
couple issues i have are that you keep mentioning how they got a new singer and that bands often move
on w/ different singers. i'm sure everyone out there knows this, but brad was of course also the sole
guitarist of the band. so, despite that being a pretty known fact, his guitar playing and songwriting
(musically, in addition to lyrically) was a major part of the true sublime's appeal and should be at
least mentioned alongside your pointing out of him being the band's singer. sublime minus brad is
miles different than, say alice in chains minus staley, because brad was the band's sole songwriter
(both musically and lyrically). also, i feel like this album is more lax and less punky than you
describe it to be. other than that, good review.

Kris.
July 15th 2011


12345 Comments


hey sublimefan did you actually listen to this or butthurt rate it

sublimefan1991
July 15th 2011


757 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

both. of course it's not on par w/ my other 1's (soulja boy, etc.), and would probably get a 2.5/3 in my book in other circumstances. but given how much i hate this "reunion" and the fact that they even use the name "sublime" (w/ or w/o the + rome at the end) makes me give it a 1.

WashboardSuds
July 15th 2011


5017 Comments


not surprised in the least

EmersonRhodes
July 15th 2011


19 Comments


First off, good review. Second, what's to make anyone think that if Brad had lived, by this time Sublime would not sound like this or worse. And third, I like this album. But then again, I never understood why Sublime was so great to begin with. Go ahead Sublime fans - bring on your criticism.

dimsim3478
July 16th 2011


5086 Comments


IT'S SO NICE
I WANNA HEAR THE SAME SONG TWICE


Oh, nostalgia...

RIP BRAD

Pos'd, by the way.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

fightoffyourdemons88
July 16th 2011


35 Comments


good review...dont think ill listen to this album

sublimefan1991
July 16th 2011


757 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QASqRrjJGTM

this alone separates brad from rome. hell, rome may even play just as well live (probably cuz he's not completely fucked off drugs), but his charisma can't touch brad's.

Kris.
July 16th 2011


12345 Comments


i like how butthurt you are

it amuses me

brads been dead for like 15 years move on



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