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Wednesday, November 10, 1999

Review - Right Back

Artist: Long Beach Dub Allstars

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 1999 at 4:00 AM

The explosion of Sublime was brought to a sudden halt in 1996 with the untimely death of frontman Bradley Nowell. Thankfully, the remaining members, Bud and Eric, brought together the supporting cast of Sublime with the creation of the Long Beach Dub Allstars. "Right Back," the first full-length LP for the new ensemble, pulls together various genres of music -- mainly reggae and hip-hop -- to create a kaleidoscope of sounds throughout the 12-track album. Under the influence of guest frontmen Barrington Levy, Dangr, Tippa Irie and Half Pint, the reggae foundation holds firm with ex-Sublimers all but abandoning the punk sound that drove many Nowell cuts.

The Allstars do pay a final respect to Bradley with a cover of the Sublime ballad, "Saw Red," featuring a brilliant remix of Levy in a duet with the dub-bed voice of Nowell. It is fitting conclusion to a CD that vividly reflects all of the influences of the band.

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