The Salads

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The album is very similar to early Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys in their Licensed to Ill period. Lead singer Darren Dumas raps throughout "Get Loose" as the music is gritty yet polished. "Free Your Pain" sounds a bit clich├ęd as the nu-metal wailing doesn't mesh with the relaxing ska arrangement of the verses. At times, the Salads also have the same style as Incubus, veering back and forth between hard rock and a melodic chorus. The song sags during the bridge and is unable to regain any momentum. An early highlight arrives in "The Roth Kung Fu," a number that reeks of the Police in their infancy. The Salads rely too often, though, on a stale rhythm arrangement that doesn't communicate much excitement. Such an example is "Who's That Kat?," a tune with a bit of funk, but the listener is cheated from a lengthy groove. "2 Kool 4 Skool" caters to the younger demographic by talking about skipping class, but the band goes from a decent Everclear sound back to its Red Hot Chili Peppers foundation. "Why It Gotta Be" is one of the worst songs among the dozen, genre-hopping so abruptly it sounds almost spliced together. Fortunately, it's followed by the lovable reggae-oriented "Who We Are," adding a guitar without diminishing the effect. It concludes with a carnival attitude, making it even more enjoyable. Too often, though, the group is attempting to cater to everybody, losing its sense of direction in the process. A few pieces of music are hidden during 14 to 15 minutes of dead space, but they are nothing worth waiting for.

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