Sublime
Stand By Your Van


4.0
excellent

Review

by Laafe USER (1 Reviews)
June 28th, 2006 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Sublime generate a massive feel good vibe that is incomparable to any group during their existence, and possibly all time. Sublime incorporated elements of ska, reggae, punk, hip-hop and surf rock to create an amazing groove. Their live energy is captured perfectly in Stand By Your Van.

During their live shows, Sublime meandered through their many genres, occasionally focusing enough to play a song that might or might not have enough cohesion to remain the same song when they stop playing. Sometimes their music would become an immense jam with no real direction. At times Bradley would forget the lyrics and the audience would fill in the holes. The instruments blend together and send out tangible waves of a summertime party that make me wish I was a part of the LBC. Sublime’s live sound was stripped down. The band didn’t have a DJ at their shows to add in the dubs and samples. Instead Bradley improvises and uses spontaneous guitar licks in their place. (i.e. STP, Djs, Lets Go Get Stoned, etc.) This is especially noted in “Caress Me Down”, where Bradley says, “Okay let’s try this new one, I don’t have any lyrics yet so I’m just gonna f’uckin’ fake it.”

The fact is, Sublime were not always of the highest-quality live. The music would spiral into incomprehensible chaos, like a whirlwind of energy. There are numerous occasions when Bradley seems too wasted to function, let alone play an instrument and sing. Most of these moments grow on you and add even more to the party atmosphere on this album.

If you are new to Sublime, this album is not for you. It’s stripped down sound and chaotic jams are acquired taste. For hardcore fans, this is a must have. This CD places you in the midst of a party down in Long Beach circa 1994.


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4
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Zebra
Moderator
June 28th 2006


2647 Comments


This review needs some work. You didn't really describe any of the songs and you just focused on the quality of the music. Another paragraph is needed to go over some of the songs and then you'll be set. This Message Edited On 06.28.06

Laafe
June 29th 2006


347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx for the advice. ill add that.

Laafe
June 29th 2006


347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cmon guys, post some feedback

metallicaman8
June 29th 2006


4677 Comments


This review is extremely short, you need to add on to it. But since it's your first I won't neg you.

f_u_c_t
June 29th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you still did a decent job filling the sound quality and what-not. And yes, this album is a must for any hardcore Sublime fan.

smokersdieyounger
June 30th 2006


672 Comments


I want this record, whether youve added more by now or not, its still too short I think.

Well written for a first, no ''awsomes'' or ''cools''

Laafe
July 1st 2006


347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i havent added more yet. im getting around to it.

dudeinthepassinglane
November 24th 2006


192 Comments


Cool reviwew, ishouldn't be too long (it isn't), you'e reviewing a live album, ad I want to experence it mysef. Good job!

3TwoCan3
December 21st 2006


89 Comments


this review doesn't make me wanna buy this album. swing and a miss m8.

Royd Rage
April 14th 2007


419 Comments


If you are new to Sublime, this album is not for you. It�s stripped down sound and chaotic jams are acquired taste. For hardcore fans, this is a must have. This CD places you in the midst of a party down in Long Beach circa 1994.


i disagree. i got this back when i wasn't a fan and it actually was my favorite of theirs. yes it does sound like a party...but also it sounds way different than anyother rehashed live album. it feels like a moment,not just a concert with massive editing of crowd noises and pieced together moments.

also you really give no info about the album and for such a high score you sure do make someone not want it.

you fails.

Jimmy
March 16th 2009


729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album

Spec
April 29th 2018


35801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I’m so sick of jamming their studio albums but damn this fills the hole.



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