Opie Gone Bad's self-titled debut album drifts between rock, reggae, and rap, but the heart of the band's sound is pure funk. Jake Schroeder's diversified stylistic vocals complement whichever musical genre the band chooses to employ. Opie Gone Bad's influences come through loud and clear on several tracks, but the combination cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" and Stevie Wonder's "Livin' for the City" is a masterpiece. Thousands of bands play covers note for note and word for word, but Opie Gone Bad has taken the art of covering a song to a new level. By lyrically combining the two songs and adding a layered groove to the music, they have created a fresh sound that will fill a dancefloor anywhere they play. Unfortunately, the second half of the album sounds like a band experimenting with all of the toys that a studio brings. Adding numerous vocal affects and tweaking the sound diverts the listener's attention away from the band's strengths. Even with the unevenness of the album, they have laid the groundwork for a promising future.
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AllMusic Review by Erik Crawford