Review Summary: "I might be too white to listen to this"
Do you like reggae" Do you like nu-metal riffs" Do you enjoy a unique hodgepodge romp of musical ideas" If so, then look no further that Fear Nuttin Band.
Hailing from Boston, Mass. the men of Fear Nuttin Band (forevermore referred to as FNB) combine traditional Rastafari infused reggae with bombastic modern chugging metal riffs and a high energy mentality to create one of the more unique sounds on the market.
I'll be the first to admit; i don't listen to reggae, it's just not my cup of tea. But fear not (see what i did there") like minded music fans! FNB utilizes the best aspects of reggae and fuses them with metal and punk mentalities in order to create a sound that's new and refreshing, something we could all use a little more of in this day and age.
Upon first listening to FNB any listener will immediately be struck by the talents of vocalists Roosta and Prowla, the combined voice of FNB. It's at this point where I myself stopped and wondered if "I might be too white to listen to this". I would be loathe to describe the vocal approach as "dueling vocals" because these men play off each other creating a fusion that is greater than the sum of it's parts, a description that holds true to the entire bands musical approach. The only complaint one can muster about the album's vocals are the unabashed Rasta influences. I try my best in life to avoid being too offensive or ignorant, but seriously, do these guys even speak real words" Perhaps this stems from my own lack of knowledge regarding all things Rastafari or reggae, but dammit I hardly ever know what these guys are saying. With lyrics like "Di boy dem try fi touch di/Lyric wa mi talk mi originate it'. Forgive my momentary lack of eloquence but WTF does that mean"
The instruments are just as solid as the talented vocal section. The approach taken by the instruments differs according to the "type" of song in question. Some songs are clearly more Reggae influenced than others, such as standout track Pon Di Block" while other tracks are more Punk oriented "Vibes" comes to mind, and others still are metal influenced such as "Enemy". I wouldn't categorize any individual musician as particularly talented the real highlight comes through the fusion of styles that the band takes in order to create an experience.
Ultimately "Yardcore" provides a unique and enjoyable listen, especially for those who wish to expand their musical horizons. While those looking for highly talented and imaginative ideas may disregard the band based on the talents of individual members those who take the time to consider the band as a whole will find a entertaining and original musical experience.
Pon Di Block