Now on Stones Throw, the massive L.A. reggae group offer up all the slinky grooves and great musicianship of their debut, but This Generation also showcases a better set of songs and more ambitious musical themes. As with Jungle Struttin', the 18 players on the album know their roots, and do a commendable job imitating the sounds of Jamaican reggae pioneers, incorporating all the little details that make this pass as the real-deal dusty vinyl of the '70s.
The Lions are a large, Los Angeles-based reggae collective comprised of musicians from various other bands, with Dan Ubick on guitar and numerous singers sharing vocal duties, including Malik Moore and Black Shakespeare (cousin of Robbie Shakespeare, so there’s some lineage for you). The outfit has been releasing records since 2007, including 2008’s Jungle Struttin, and have received generally favorable reviews from fans and critics. Their newest release, This Generation, finds the band staying true to their roots-reggae origins, but eschewing dub this time while also throwing in a curveball or two for the kids (Van Halen covers, anyone?).