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Album Review: Cover Drive - Bajan Style

By  May 29, 2012

Mention “Twilight” and half of today’s teen audience would picture a ripped teen werewolf fighting a relatively good-looking vampire. The other half (those with better taste) however, would probably be playing Cover Drive’s hit single of the same name in their head. Twilight is already inching closer to the top 10 on 913FM’s Hot 30 Countdown, but does the rest of the album match up?

Bajan Style is the quartet’s debut album, and is chockfull of pop/dance hits, with a dash of reggae (the band cited Bob Marley as a huge influence on their music!). The Black Eyed Peas influence is rather stark as well, with their singer Amanda taking the role of Fergie. The difference is instead of heavy hip-hop beats, they sound closer to Rihanna. It’s not surprising though, since the band hails from the same place as Riri; Barbados! Plus, they even opened for the Rude Girl during her Loud tour!

The band recently told DigitalSpy that their name was derived from a “cricket batting technique”, and man, does the album charge hard and fast like a cricket ball. It’s full on high energy from the get go, and they put the pedal to the metal throughout the entire 33 minutes.

What’s best about Amanda is her ability to go from a smooth, ballad sound like on Twilight, then swap it for an up-tempo one as heard in their debut single Lick Ya Down, the fiercest track of the lot.

One track that showcases their all their elements in four minutes is Headphones. You’ve got that bass line and intriguing beats from a steel drum, but the lyrics? Total pop material.

The rest of the album is tamer, with a majority of them capable of having regular airplay on the radio. Sparks is a prime example. Reggae might be an acquired taste for most mainstream listeners, so they tweaked it and autotuned T-Ray’s vocals, to give it an eclectic feel, something we‘re familiar with.

Bajan Styles is brimming with energy, but successfully find the perfect balance of charisma (no overdramatic belting out here!) as well as electronic noises. Despite sounding like an album that conforms to conventional pop norms, there’s still a sense of authenticity emerging. They could easily shy away from their Caribbean roots, to cater to the English pop audience, instead, they incorporated traces of the island vibes into their tracks, putting a whole new twist to it.

Highlights: Headphones, Hurricane, Sparks

 

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