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  • Audio CD (30 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B002TKU1YY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Triumphant 2005 album from the huge New Zealand dub 'n' roots kings! Includes "Flashback" and "Roady". (FAT FREDDYS DROP)

BBC Review

This seven-piece New Zealand collective record their albums just six feet from Wellington's Lyall Bay beach, in The Drop, which is their converted basement studio den. Released on their own label, Based On A True Story has been a massive success in their antipodean homeland.

The heart of the Fat Freddy sound is reggae, from ska through to dub, to which they add subtlehints of housemusic. This gentlehybridisation is one of the joys of their music; the clear presence of modern dance developments, informing a heartily retro approach.

Producer Fitchie constructs the beats and bassline bedrock of each number on his sampling equipment, then invites the Drop's rich and creamy horn section to lay down their harmonious textures, whilst Dobie Blaze moves through an impressive array of vintage keyboards, even occasionally returning to his old faithful grand piano. It's a solid productiontechnique which produces some wonderful results.

The Fat Freddy mission is to uplift the spirit with positive vibrations, an aim that suits Joe Dukie's velvet-smooth, Southern-soulful vocals. Sometimes he can be a touch too soft, as in the opening of "Dark Days", but even that song eventually improves as it gathers substance.

"Wandering Eye" starts off in soul-blues mode, before the horns start making disco stabs against a rotating kaleidoscope of Terry Rileystyle keyboard. This song's mutation is agood illustration of how the Drop can blend diverse musical styles whilst retaining their own distinctive character. Their motion is slow and sweet, but substantially lolloping (if that makes sense!). Their live set recreates this sound perfectly, and is to be recommended - as is this album - most strongly. --Martin Longley

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By nosurfindurham on 26 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
I love this album, it makes my subwoofer sing - the bass is so rich, deep and fluid. These guys are really quite unique, I don't know if they conform to any genre. If I had to make one up it'd be something like neo-dub-soul. Basically, they sound a bit like Slightly Stoopid but more experimental, a lot more soulful and basically they're better. The only reason I don't think this album is worth 5 stars is that all the songs are about 7 minutes long and I believe that really great songs leave you wishing they were longer. To be fair, that's probably a bit harsh, I just don't want to give 5 stars to an album unless it blows my mind. This is damn good though - excellent for bbqs. Bring on the summer.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a musician and so not qualified to write a particularly academic review of this album. What I can say however is that if you are like me and look for jazzy, soulfull stuff with a big bassy line running through; then this is for you. I heard of this band when I jokely asked someone to suggest music I might like better than that crafted by the almighty LTJ Bukem, and amazingly, the suggestion by my Kiwi wannabe mate has come close. The blend of good vocals, trupets and sax make it. Flashback followed closely by Roady is what I'd go for. Just. A good buy and easily worth a tenner!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jessa on 20 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
I strongly oppose the other reviewers' desciptions of this as 'background music' and 'easy going' - this music is beautiful, soulful and powerful with reggae, hiphop, jazz, soul and ska inluences.

Don't underestimate it! I fell in love with the album after one play and stand out tracks for me are 'Roady' and 'Dark Days'.

But this album - it is truely beautiful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Bradley on 16 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Such a fun sound! If you're bored with the usual brat-rock fare thats around at the moment, and want to listen to something different, I seriously recommend this album. There's a loose reggae influence throughout, which sounds dubious but really shines through in the second half when mixed with big drums, guitars and rich vocals. Easy going but genius!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Roche on 17 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
i have just got this album and am listening to it as i write this review.
this album is really good.
well worth a listen.
really well written and arranged songs.
interesting lyrics
good production.
nice subtle and simple horn progression that sound authentic to the genre.
nice mix with other sounds and fusion with other genres not normally associated with reggae.
fender rhodes, moog sounding synth. funk, blues and a dance music sounding track or two (but not too heavey).
good fairly soulful lead vocals and harmonies. nice arrangment of vox. well recorded. bright. clean.
sweet!!!
As a musician/producer and reggae fanatic. I really apreciate this well balanced, sweet sounding and soulfull reggae-ish.
Nice one. Keep the tracks rolling in. :-)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Iain Mercer on 2 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Imagine my suprise to find that this album had no rating or review!!!! I discovered FFD whilst travelling around New Zealand (yes they are a kiwi band)in 2006 and four years later this album still regularly finds its way to the top of my play list sitting happily with Vampire Weekend, Lemon Jelly, Bloc Party and Dylan to name a few. World famous in New Zealand for the single Wondering Eye this album is a true gem where every single stands on its own two feet.

I can best describe their music as a cross between reggie, ska, jazz and funk, similar to such bands as the Black Seeds and Cat Empire.

This is a must buy album that wont disappoint.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
As a long time FFD fan, I'm delighted to see their first-ever studio album make it onto the Amazon site. FFD are just the coolest dudes, who really have the X-factor. Their music is a smooth soulful jazz/dub fusion, which is a real joy to listen to and appeals to people of all ages. These guys are so well known in NZ for their fantastic live performances that this eagerly awaited album (self-produced and marketed) went gold there the first day of sale.
This is a keeper, which gathers depth on every playing.
Try [...] for music samples, and if FFD ever come to a town near you to do a show, don't miss it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Bloxham on 7 Aug. 2008
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This has to be one of my most favorite albums i've bought in a long while. I like to see my taste in music as largely eclectic, i'll listen to anything once and that's what i did with this album... i knew nothing about the album or (less importantly the band) but by the time the first song "ernie" was over i knew i was going to love this album.

Fat Freddy's Drop (FFD) are from New Zealand, they wrote, engineered, produced, mastered and distributed this album off their own back - with no label. which for me is quite interesting as it's a mantra that definitely fits the tone of the music. This album is defiant, smooth & groovy and beautifully performed. the style of the band is really relaxed - almost as if they've jus sat in a room with people they know and love and jammed out an album - no rushing, no edit's and no artistic restraint - jus feel good tunes that are easy to connect with

this album in particular has done really well in the charts internationally with the album itself being in the NZ charts for almost a YEAR! and other tracks hitting the number one spot for months when all told

nuff of my opinions - jus listen!
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