Thursday, March 31, 2016

Album Review: 99 Cents by Santigold

I really like artists like Santigold. Her music is interesting, inventive, experimental, hook heavy, and rooted in both the past and the present. Her last album, Master of My Make-Believe, was heavily influenced by 80's alternative but felt very modern. I gave it 3 stars.

Her latest album has moved forward in time and is taking much influence from bands like No Doubt. We've got a lot of pop a lot of ska and still those touches of alternative rock. Sound like No Doubt. Well there are times on this album where it sounds so much like No Doubt that it's a bit shocking. Of course this leads this album into the same problems that most No Doubt albums had, consistency. Blending all of these things together gets the album a bit off kilter at times. The biggest problem though with the album is that it doesn't produce those one or two songs that you just can't get away from. That was always the key for No Doubt and something that is missing here.

As much as I loved the power and speed of Master of My Make-Believe, I think this album is at its best when Santigold is slowing things down and getting a bit more experimental.

A great album for putting on while you setup equipment for a classroom.  Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.

1 comment:

  1. I liked this song OK; good luck with the classroom, and thanks for reminding me about "Disparate Gold" from the previous record.