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Album Review: Arrival by Through The Roots

 Through The Roots is an American reggae band that formed in 2008 in San Diego, California. Arrival is the bands second studio album and has a lot to offer for this American reggae band.

The album starts off with the song, Come Home. Starts off with a slow, sweet acoustic guitar. As beautiful as the sound is, it's not a tune I would consider using as the opener of an album. A great song about counting down the days until this guy can see his girl again, but I think they could have chose a more "explosive" song to start off the album.

The next track, You + Me would have been a better opener, and it is a great track. This is about a bad situation, but the guy wants to make it right by just ignoring the situation. Sometimes ignoring the situation can help in some circumstances. He knows that the two of them love each other so he just wants to drop the argument and move on from it.

Catch a Flight is going to be your typical, groovy, reggae type song. It's a song that you can relax and vibe to. It has a beautiful guitar on the off beats, and the horn section during the chorus sounds amazing.
Lovely and Rich starts off with a distorted guitar in the background, and then opens up with the steelpan. The lead singer is describing this girl like perfect weather. It goes along well with the island-like vibes I am getting from this track. This guy thinks that this girl is the perfect treasure that he found.

Just like the last track, Start the Clock starts off in a similar way. You can hear a distorted guitar, like you're hearing it from a far away place, then it takes you straight to the song. I love the keys on this album. It is a little subtle, but it makes a huge difference in the larger picture of the song. The track also ends how it started out, distorted guitar and makes it feel like you are far away from the sound.

After that, we have Such a Shame. This track focuses on a lot of the problems that the singer has seen with this current time period and this generation. He says that a lot of these people are "cold" or hateful. He doesn't want people to live this way and he wants people to be more caring and helpful.

Not This Time starts off with an eerie, percussion like instrument, then a slow melodic piano part comes in. This song is about a past lover of his, and he is clearly over this person. He talks about how he's not going to fall for it this time, meaning he won't get back with this person. She's trying to convince him that she's changed and that it is meant to be, but he won't give her the time of day.

Distant Memory starts off with a more pop-like sounding song with electronic created sounds. It slowly builds up with more electronic sounds and an occasional steelpan beat. A little mellow for my liking, but if you aren't a huge reggae fan, you might like this track off the album.

After Distant Memory, we get back into a more reggae-style song, Tonight. This track is a little lackluster in the beginning compared to the other tracks, but I really enjoy the saxophone snippets and the looped "oh" sound in the background. The song basically talks about starting the night and leaving the day behind. There is also a small rapping part towards the end of the song.

Nothing Else Matters is a little more experimental than some of the other tracks. There is a lot of unique instrumentation used on this track than your normal American reggae instruments. During the song, he just says nothing else matters as long as he is with this girl.

The last track of the album is Count on Me. This track goes back to the normal reggae instrumentation that we have been used to for most of the album. The guy is telling this girl that he will be there for her whenever she needs him. He wants to make sure that she can count on him if she needs help.

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What did you think of the album? What were some of your favorite tracks? Let me know in the comments!
Overall Rating: 7/10
Favorite Tracks: You + Me, Catch a Flight, Lovely and Rich


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