Third-wave ska-core pioneers the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are again with their 11st studio album and it finds the band diving deep into their two tone and reggae roots.
“When God Was Nice” opens up a skankable quantity that would have been an outtake from “Extra Noise and Different Disturbances”. It’s adopted up by the horn heavy two tone observe “Transfer” and the temper for the album is about.
All through the course of the album’s 15 songs (produced by Tim Armstrong), you get the most effective of the Bosstones. Whereas their steel and hardcore influences haven’t proven a lot over the previous few albums, the band’s ska and reggae influences have risen to the highest and brought priority. Songs similar to “Lonely Boy” had me checking to see if it was an obscure Trojan Data cowl tune with its conventional upbeat island sound. Regardless that “Lonely Boy” isn’t a canopy to my data, the Bosstones did one thing they haven’t executed on a full- size album for almost thirty years…they threw in a canopy from an unlikely supply with their tackle the Creedence Clearwater Revival basic “Lengthy As I Can See The Mild”.
The general impression that I get from the bands time writing and recording “When God Was Nice” is that they felt impressed to place one thing optimistic and enjoyable out into the world and nonetheless purvey a poignant message like most Bosstones materials does. This album is a love letter to the ska neighborhood whether or not it’s all the bands they’ve performed with alongside the way in which, the buddies that they’ve made on that journey, the followers which have supported them all through their profession or to a world that wants injected with extra love and understanding than has been proven via these making an attempt instances.
When you’ll be able to throw on this album and escape the truth of your environment by hiding in your headphones or by skanking in your lounge with no cares on this planet, “When God Was Nice” has executed all that it wanted to do. From begin to end, this is without doubt one of the finest Bosstones albums of their discography and whenever you get to the ultimate observe on the album which incorporates somebody from nearly each essential ska band energetic at present you understand that the Bosstones get “it”, have all the time acquired “it” and can proceed to get “it”. Whereas the world has forgotten about ska music within the greater image of issues, these of us who haven’t know the way essential the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are to the ska scene and to ska followers younger and previous.
Backside Line: Top-of-the-line Bosstones albums of their catalog. It’s chock stuffed with ska goodness all through its entirety.
Notable Tracks: Resolve, Lonely Boy, I Don’t Imagine In Something, Lengthy As I Can See The Mild, It Went Nicely, The Remaining Parade