Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CD Review: Lionize Give Us The "Deconstruction Manual"

Maryland band Lionize are preparing to release the follow-up to their award-winning 2009 album "Space Pope and the Glass Machine." The album won the 2010 High Times Magazine's "Best Reggae/Soul Record." Their new album entitled "Deconstruction Manual" carries a more blues/rock/reggae sound, similar to Sublime's harder songs. Produced by J. Robbins of Jawbox, the album will be released in February on Hardline Entertainment.

The album's lead-off track "You're Trying To Kill Me" is a great introduction to the album with sampling of LaMel Randolgh's rock drumming, Chris Brooks' Hammond organ and Nathan Berman's guitar and vocals. Their reggae sounds creep into "Savior of Fontana," before the band pulls off an Allman Brothers Band type riff on "Dumb and Dangerous." Lionize's jam-band mentality shines through on "D.C. Is Tropical." Henry Upton's bass groove is a key part in giving the songs a reggae vibe as in "Lava Rock." The band seems to experiment a little more with their combination of rock and reggae, but still keep a strong vibe to their music.

Lionize will be visiting the New England area at the beginning of February with Streetlight Manifesto. For more information on their new album and for a full list of tour dates visit

1 comment:

Thomas said...

lovin the lionize!! Keep up the good work, you guys rock!!!