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on 3 March 2003
The flat carboard box you can see on the cover sleeve symbolises the life of two of the band's members as homeless people before making it big. This album is a humorous piece that also implies a serious social critique, not excluding irony and satyre.
Reggae, ragga, the odd choir-like verse and a cetain crazy edge are beautifully held together in a now classic anthem to youth and society.
The lyrics dominate the tone of this political stance while the overarching live sound of their performances just helps to hit home even more. Be sure to read the words or have them translated for you!
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on 21 November 2002
i was introduced to tryo by a french speaking friend of mine, who happened to own this particular album. generally, tryo are a mixture of reggae and folk music, with a definite political twist in the lyrics of most of their songs. highlights of this extraordinary album include 'la main verte' - a song about the cultivation of a certain herb, and the excellent babylone. the fact that many of the songs are recorded live gives an added feel to the album, especially as in many places the sound is fuller than on a studio produced album. i would recommend this album to anyone with an open mind with regard to musical taste, even if you cannot understand the french language.
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on 10 November 2001
I have never really liked reggae -seventies stuff- but this french band are great. 13 of the 15 tracks on Reggae Akoustik are recorded live from bars and pubs before they made a lot of money. There are some fantastic multi-layered vocal treats throughout, the style is based more on what they sing , rather than play. The songs though happy at first hearing, turn out to be very political an thoughtful after a glance at the sleave. Each song grows on you progressively and the sound is beautifully fresh and original. The artists do not possess great voices individually, but when mixed at certain times I stopped what I was doing, closed my eyes and cleared my head of any thoughts. The last song in particular is a gem. it is wonderfully slow and aptly called "I've planned nothing for tommorow" it just gently flows along and ends with the most fantastic harmonies with instruments and leaves one feeling just fine.
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