dDub: Medicine Man
By Melody Thomas
This album certainly defied the expectations I held for it. My first happy discovery was that it didn’t adhere to a strict dub mould as I’d expected it to. Some of the tracks certainly invoke suitably dub-like feelings of skanking out in the sun, or cruising off down the Kaikoura coast with your arm out the window. Others have a circus feel, or get quick paced and ska on your ass, or sound like something to be played on rock radio... Camel Song even to takes you to the snake charmers of Egypt. If you’re a fan of previous dDub releases or the live experience you’ll likely love this album, but while plenty will disagree with me, I’m not a fan of Derek Browne’s voice. Set alongside music with real soul and groove it seems to lack just that itself. I kept waiting for a variation in mood - for something a bit different or with a bit of balls. Despite that disappointment I hugely enjoyed the music on this album.