Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MOJO and Vive Le Rock! Give "Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers" Rave Reviews!

If you still haven't gotten around to picking up the phenomenal Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers album (Phoenix City Records/Cherry Red), perhaps the glowing reviews for this release published in the latest issues of MOJO and Vive Le Rock! will motivate you (though, I'm not sure why The Duff Guide to Ska review didn't convince you already!).

In the December 2015 issue of MOJO (with Elvis Costello on the cover), reviewer Lois Wilson gives the album four stars and notes that "she continues to uphold the 2 Tone tradition, making listeners think ("Easy Life" tackles gender inequality; "Hiawatha" calls for racial harmony) as well as dance (with skanking covers of "007" and "Let's Do the Rocksteady")."

Andy Pearl, in issue #30 of Vive Le Rock! (with Killing Joke on the cover), rates the album 8 out of 10 and declares that "original songs like "Private Eye" and "Mixed Feeling"...demonstrate that this was a band who had their own identity away from the dance craze. What was originally a one-off project has been met with such support and enthusiasm that Dakar has started to play a few gigs showcasing these songs again and maybe, finally, the Bodysnatchers will start to get their rightful recognition."

This issue of Vive Le Rock! also contains a lovely remembrance of the late Rico Rodriguez.

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The Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers CD/LP is available through her shop, which also offers Bodysnatchers t-shirts!

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