Review: Laid Blak - Woah
My review of a reggae single? Would you ever expect it from me? If you were to ask me what sort of music I listen to, I would whole-heartedly admit to listening to opera, classical and sometimes jazz. I will listen to other songs from films, TV shows, musicals as well. Granted I wanted to give this single a review. But it was only later that I realised what I had just undertaken.
But if say Bob Marley was on, I would never object. This type of music is usually associated with a certain drug, which shall remain nameless, but you all know what I speak of
Listening to the song Woah by Laidblak, I have certain amount of dread. I did not know what to expect at all. I assumed I was going to hear a whole album of reggae, but to my delight it was only a single song. The song itself seems very honest and has a pleasant tune and tempo, which is hard to resist.
The lyrics, "Life’s hard in the ghetto, no dreams, no jobs," has an element of sadness and futility to them. But the upbeat tempo of the song puts all that in vain. Things may be hard, but it is up to you to do something about it (they go onto to say, "it’ll get better").
I must broaden my musical horizons and listen to more quality music. Some people may think I’m elitist because I listen to opera, but I’m not. I believe good music is few and far between today, with all honesty. But there are those few who rise above the banality and vapidness.
But if these guys where in Cardiff or even Bristol (where they are based), I would certainly find myself attending one of their gigs. This song grew on me with its cheeky nature and reggae charm.
Worth a listen if you enjoy the genre.