CD REVIEW: Sean Bones "Rings"

It is becoming increasingly hard, in the music industry, to set yourself apart from the pack. As a member of the indie rock band Sam Champion, Sean Bones has been able to be part of some great musical moments. On his own, with this solo project, he has elevated his game to a new level. He has managed to combine his indie sound with authentic dancehall reggae rhythms and beats of Jamaica. Vampire Weekend is probably the nearest comparison that can be made to this album's sound, but it's less worldly and more centered on the sounds of real reggae. It's as if Bob Marley & The Wailers were an indie rock band! "Instigator" and "Dancehall" are the possibly the most authentic on the album, and transport your right to the heart of Jamaica. Another song that is drenched in sunshine is "Sugar In My Spoon." Norah Jones makes a guest vocal appearance on the album's closing track, a slower ballad-like song called "Turn Them." After such and incredibly successful solo debut, Sean Bones may not want to return to his day job. Hands down, this is one of the coolest sounding reggae albums in recent years.