I wasn’t sure what to expect when reviewing the Kobo Town, Jumbie in the Jukebox album, because I hadn’t heard of the artist or listened to any of his music before.There is a great mix of music styles all in one album and it flows beautifully from one song to the next. As you listen to the music and themes of the album you start to see how each song is like a small piece in a large puzzle.
The artist, Drew Gonsalves, originally from Trinidad, assembled the album in diverse locations from Toronto, to Belize to Port of Spain. The album is filled with various inspirations and different themes. The recurring theme relates specifically to Trinidad but some sub themes like mental illness and homelessness are universal.
The strong melodies and upbeat grooves of many of the songs would make most people get up and dance. Underneath the upbeat music are serious subjects and well written lyrics that encourage the listener to listen more closely.Two stand out songs on the album highlight melancholy memories of Gonsalves’ home town, the songs Diego Martin and Half of the Houses. Diego Martin’s slower tempo and haunting vocals and the lyrics of Half of the Houses seem to exorcise old demons and memories by writing them down and putting them to song.
Like most calypso and reggae this album brings to mind warm, beach destinations and summer weather. It would be a great album to listen to at a summer BBQ, or when you’re just sitting outside on your deck lounging. In the middle of winter when you’re dying for a beach vacation, it would be a fabulous listen to bring you the feeling of being there, without actually being there.
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