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Black Dub by Black Dub
Released: Nov 2010
Label: Jive
Black Dub's debut album isn't perfect, but it does flirt with the sublime. Using Trixie Whitley's husky cry as a focal point, producer, guitarist and songwriter Daniel Lanois attempts to craft a kind of ambient-infused soul rock. He succeeds on tracks such as "Ring the Alarm" and "Slow Baby." Both are exquisite soundscapes built from cloudy atmospherics, dubby basslines and monochromatic organ drone. The album's less successful tunes, in contrast, find Lanois and company backing away from his studio-as-instrument aesthetic. A ballad like "Surely" is pretty, but way too adult contemporary.
Justin Farrar

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