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Review: Republic of Loose, Aaagh!

Americans have these weird ideas about activities that are appropriate for black people and activities that are appropriate for white people.  People of either skin color get their panties aaaghin a twist when someone who is one color does something that they think only people of the other color should do.  For example, when white people rap they’re denigrated because rapping is “a black thing” or when black people work hard at academics they’re denigrated because school is “a white thing”.  It’s idiotic.  Apparently the Irish don’t have these problems, at least when it comes to black and white skin colors.  Republic of Loose is a band from Dublin that performs a wide range of what Americans would call “black music”.  They sound like they could care less what colors people who make the same type of music have under their shirts.  They also sound good.

“Aaagh!” is the bands’s second album and the first to see wide release outside Ireland.  The band combines funk, hip-hop, soul and rap in a collection of songs that are well arranged, well produced and salted with sharp hooks.  They don’t blaze new musical ground but they cover such a wide variety of styles with such a high degree of both confidence and competance that the CD as a whole is very successful.

The music on “Aaagh!” would likely receive more attention and airplay if the lyrics were not so unrelentingly crude and crass and the subject matter not so blatently sexual.  The tune “Break” was banned in South Africa because it was interpreted as celebrating unprotected anal sex in a country that is suffering a severe AIDS epidemic.  Listeners who are offended by this kind of thing ought to give the CD a wide birth.  Everybody else who likes good music that’s thick with rhythm and groove might want to give “Aaagh!” a listen.

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12/29/2007 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews

2 Comments »

  1. Stereotypes come from reality.

    Applying them is what is not appropriate.

    “Americans have these weird ideas about activities that are appropriate for black people and activities that are appropriate for white people.”

    If by “appropriate for” you mean “more common among” then what you describe is not American, but, human – and undeniable.

    “The band combines funk, hip-hop, soul and rap in a collection of songs that are well arranged, well produced and salted with sharp hooks.”

    That is not very descriptive. Try using adjectives.

    “Listeners who are offended by this kind of thing ought to give the CD a wide birth.”

    Why state the obvious? Was it not enough to report the lyrics’s style? Your readers are not dumb. (Which is exactly what the statement implies.)

    If you’re gonna bitch about the racism of an entire country of peoples, at least know something about writing and expressing in your own language.

    I bet your neighbors are nicer and more tolerant people then you are.

    Poop to you. Ha.

    Comment by j3n | 12/29/2007 | Reply

  2. yea nice blog!! keep up the good work

    Comment by serge | 04/06/2010 | Reply


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