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Out for just over a couple of months is ‘Broken Organ’ from the Duppies.  The Duppies are a 7-piece straight out of Gainesville Florida.  The band began in 2004 and this latest release follows the ‘One Thousand Bullets’ album from 2010.  For now, let’s check out ‘Broken Organ’…

 

  1. “Broken Organ”- Straight out of the gate, the Duppies lay down a real scorcher in the title track. The melody constantly switches from slow groove to upbeat dance number. I love it!  Grade: A

 

  1. “Circles”- Any ska fan has heard many o’ songs that start the way this one does, but to say that this song is commonplace would be tragic. Lead micman Brian Hiebel adds a touch of soul to this tune.  Also the trumpet is fantastic, along with the rest of the horn section.  Grade: A

 

  1. “Ghost of San Juan”- Classic ska mixed with a Middle Eastern feel. There are not a lot of lyrics to this song, and honestly this could have been an instrumental.  Either way, this is a great tune.  Grade: A

 

  1. “Need You Around”- Killer horn parts and sweet lyrics make this one freakin’ sweet ditty. Again, the Duppies keep you guessing musically, as the rhythm changes several times.    Grade: A

 

  1. “Not this Time”- Pick it up, pick it up! The standouts in this song are the backing vocals, along with Brian’s powerful lead. Also, the organ is certainly not broken, proven by the nicely placed solo.  Grade: A-

 

  1. “Suzy Q”- An updated rocksteady version of an old favorite. The horns really shine in this number.  Grade: B+

 

  1. “Take Charge”- There is a nice contrast between Mr. Hiebel’s trademark raspiness with the smooth backing vocals. In addition, The Duppies deliver more of the good stuff found in the remainder of the album.  Grade: A-

 

  1. “East West”-From the lead vocals to saxophone solo, this song has somewhat of a dark, gritty feel to it. Grade: A-

 

  1. “Waste of Time”- A love song of sorts, I’m really digging the falsetto on the vocals as well as the low roaring organs. The horn section gives the listener a 70’s feel mixed with ska, of course!  Grade: A

 

  1. “What a Shame”- I hope you haven’t left the dance floor yet! Tighten the laces on your skankin’ shoe for yet another highly danceable tune!  Grade: A

 

  1. “Shipwrecked”- I was half expecting pirate music ala the ‘Rock the Plank’ album by the Mad Caddies. Alas, it is a groovy rocksteady tune more in the vain of Deals Gone Bad.  Grade: A-

 

  1. “Shake and Move”- This little ditty will make you do as the title suggests, shake and move your body. This is a pretty solid number, although not my favorite.  B+

 

  1. “Nightcap”-Once you have heard one drinking song, you have heard them all. Maybe not.  A great horn solo pairs nicely with the smooth horn riffs alongside the extra raspy voice.  Cheers!  Grade: A-

 

  1. “Pale Rider”-Paying homage to the film of the same name, “Pale Rider” has a definite western feel while sticking to its ska guns (pun intended). I really enjoy Brian’s voice in this as he has toned down the coarseness a tad.  This is in the running for the best tune on the album.  Way to finish strong!  Grade: A

 

 

To say that   ‘Broken Organ’ is a good album would be an understatement.  If you are a fan of the ska genre then ‘good albums’ (many of which I have reviewed on this site) are common, based on the flavor of ska you listen to.  If highly danceable, upbeat ska is your thing, than look no further.  The Duppies have given fans a lot to chew on with this 14 song album devoid of any fluff or filler songs.  I truly enjoyed every single song on here, which is saying a lot. I feel that a lot of bands that include a ton of songs on an album usually include a lot of experimentation with their sound, which often times can fall flat.  This is not the case here.  The Duppies have managed to keep each song sounding distinct from the one before it, yet never straying away from their brand of ska.  Brian Hebel works his magic vocally whether the song calls for a smoother sound (which I personally enjoy more) or a more gravely tone.   The instrumentation is also a standout here with excellent solos from almost everyone aboard.  This is one of the best albums I have heard in a while.  Earlier in the year I made a prediction for the best ska album of 2015.  If this does skank past the other for the top place, this is a close second. Show these guys some Duppy love and check this one out!

 

Overall Grade: A

 

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