Bunny Rugs - Time


by Morley Seaver

.
With winter looming large, especially here in Canada, it's hard to keep thoughts of sunny skies and warm climes front and centre. However I've found a great solution to help trick the mind. Pick up Time, the new release by Third Word vocalist Bunny Rugs and you'll be thinking of sandy beaches in short order.

Besides the temperature-affecting qualities of this excellent record, there's another compelling reason to pick it up; it's one of the best collections of songs released this year. In some cases when a performer has been at it their whole career, they become a bit blasι about their output, expecting their audience to lap up whatever they deem suitable to put out.

With Time, the record is packed to rafters with songs --- 15 in total --- and believe me when I say, there is not one dud in the whole bunch. To start with, the reason most people would buy a Bunny Rugs record is to hear his incredible voice. Rich, deep, and as irresistible as free samples at a chocolate factory, Rugs has never sounded as good as he does here. Not content to simply go through the motions, he uses all the notes, going from the low registers to a cool falsetto that sneaks in occasionally.

Kicking off the record is possibly the most fantastic song in his considerable stable of work, "Just Can't Deny". I mean going up against all the Third World songs as well his previous solo work is a tough assignment but if I had to play one song to convince someone of Rugs' dynamic voice, I think this might be it. I could play this all day. And I do, come to think of it.

From there the quality never dips, going from love songs to more political messages and social observations. Sound-wise, the music veers off to some R&B corners as well as more straight-ahead reggae. The more romantic songs include "We've Got the Formula" (beautiful chorus), "Settlin' Down", "Thinking Bout You" and "Heaven Sent - Dat Feelin'" (one of the best tracks).

Reggae has been a vehicle for the people to voice displeasure about their surroundings for decades and with "Kurfew", Rugs takes the opportunity to talk about an incident in Jamaica a few years back where 80 people lost their lives. And in one of the more notable tracks, and one of the few he didn't write, "Solutions", the day to day life of a young mother in a troubled home is examined.

Among the standout tracks is "Bed of Roses", where Rugs' riveting voice makes you listen to every syllable. Also particularly tasty is "Don't Give it Up" with its awesome chorus. After "Just Can't Deny", my favorite track may very well be the title track with the luscious-sounding voices of the I-Threes type backup singers.

Finishing the set off in a really strong way is the captivating "Land We Love – Jamaica", which should become the country's new national anthem. Ya mon!!

Let's face it, I can go on and on and talk about every song, they're really that good. If you like reggae music, this is definitely for you and if you're new to the scene, absolutely grab this record because you'll get no better introduction. When should you buy it? Well, right now of course because it's "Time".


Bunny Rugs - Time
Rating:

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

More articles for this artist .



advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
AC/DC Guitarist and Cofounder Malcolm Young Dead At 64- Linkin Park Preview Upcoming 'One More Light Live' Release- Evanescence's Amy Lee Wins Best Song Award- more

Gene Simmons Receives Lifelong Ban From Fox News Headquarters- Eagles Making Plans For Stadium Shows Next Year- A Perfect Circle Release 'The Doomed' Music Video- more

Stone Temple Pilots Reveal New Singer And Stream New Song- Guns N' Roses Jam Classic Song With Dave Grohl- Linkin Park Announce New Album 'One More Light Live'- more

Day in Pop:
Up and Coming Rapper Lil Peep Dead at 21- Meek Mill Appeals His Controversial Probation Violation Sentence- Sam Hunt Promises New Music To Arrive Early Next Year- more

Up and Coming Rapper Lil Peep Dead at 21- Meek Mill Appeals His Controversial Probation Violation Sentence- Sam Hunt Promises New Music To Arrive Early Next Year- more

Drake Confronts Fan He Sees Groping Woman At Concert- Nicki Minaj Attempts to 'Break the Internet' With Explicit Magazine Cover- Blake Shelton Declared 'Sexiest Man Alive'- more

advertisement


Reviews

• Santa's Jukebox: Tav Falco - A Tav Falco Christmas

• Guns N' Roses Week: Chinese Democracy

• Guns N' Roses Week: Our Greatest Arena Band (Live Nov 2017)

• Guns N' Roses Week: Use Your Illusion I and II

• Guns N' Roses Week: Defiant and Deconstructed

• Paul Maged - Light Years Away

• Sites and Sounds: Phoenix Concert Calendar For November

• San Francisco String Trio - May I Introduce to You

• Noise Ratio - Songs on Fire

• Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre - 5 Minutes to Live: A Tribute to Johnny Cash

• Coral the Merknight vs. SEARANTULA - It Weaves a Web of Metal

• Michael Jackson - Scream

• Sites and Sounds: Monster of Rock Cruise 2018

• Powerman 5000 - New Wave

• Sites and Sounds: We Got Your Back Brian Benefit Concert

• Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul Live In Chicago

• Rock Reads: We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s & 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene

• Chris Barron - Angels and One-Armed Jugglers

• Kylie Odetta - Undertow

• Road Trip: Dublin By Bicycle: It's Electric!

• Road Trip: Explore Ancient Ireland at the Kerry Bog Village

• Steve Miller Band - Ultimate Hits (5 Star) • more

Rock News Stories
• AC/DC Guitarist and Cofounder Malcolm Young Dead At 64

• Linkin Park Preview Upcoming 'One More Light Live' Release

• Evanescence's Amy Lee Wins Best Song Award For 'Speak To Me'

• The Eagles Release 'Hotel California' Anniversary Reissue Promo Video

• KISS' Gene Simmons Takes On Heckler At Solo Show

• Singled Out: The Tomicks

• Aerosmith's Joe Perry Reveals Special Guests For New Solo Album

• Scorpions Release 'Follow Your Heart Lyric Video

• Toto Including Unreleased and New Tracks On Upcoming Collection

• Green Day Release 'Born In The USA' Video

• Chris Cornell's 'The Promise' Video Gets Theatrical Makeover

• Dead And Company Perform 'Jack Straw' on Stephen Colbert

• more

B-Side Stories
• Up and Coming Rapper Lil Peep Dead at 21

• Meek Mill Appeals His Controversial Probation Violation Sentence

• Sam Hunt Promises New Music To Arrive Early Next Year

• Mariah Carey Goes Christmas Again With 'The Star' Video

• Keith Urban Loves All-Female Cover Of 'Female'

• Country Stars Celebrate Military Service at Stars and Strings Concert

• Taylor Swift Shops for Her Own Album, Surprises Fans

• John Legend and Carrie Underwood Hosting GRAMMY Special

• Tame Impala Stream New Music With 'Currents B-Sides & Remixes' EP

• Macklemore Brings Out Special Guest On The Tonight Show

• Pink's 'What About Us' Gets Kids Makeover for World Children's Day

• Lady Antebellum Appreciate The Sacrifice Of Military Service

• Melissa Etheridge Arrested For Possession Of Marijuana

• Brad Paisley Reveals Why He Honors Military Each Night On Tour

• Sam Smith Reveals George Michael And Rihanna's Influence

• Logic On Impact Of The 'Most Important Song (He) Ever Wrote'

• Remy Ma and Lil Kim Unite for Defiant 'Wake Me Up' Video

• Machine Gun Kelly, Bebe Rexha and X Ambassadors Go 'Home'

• more



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.