To start with something positive, Alborosie is a great live act with his Shengen Clan. But that's it again. At the beginning of his solo career, the Italian delivered a decent performance with his country-typical grating voice (greetings from Umberto Tozzi, Gianna Nannini, Zucchero & Co): Who doesn't remember the "Herbalist"? And who could have guessed that this track would be the blueprint for pretty much everything else to be produced at Alborosie's Shengen Studio?
Voluminous drums, a simple bassline and credibility samples packed into a simple 80's rubadub-Arrangement without significant hooks; an Italian who tries his hand at patois and perhaps for that reason just barely misses the meaningful content: that was all half-funny with the “Herbalist”; but building a whole career on this concept… well, contrary to expectations, it actually worked! Alborosie fans probably won't agree with me that all albums sound the same and the tracks are interchangeable - that goes for the vocal ones, and especially the cultivated boredom ones, I would argue Dub-Albums. Even the artist himself doesn't seem to have much fun at the mixing desk:
So let's move on to Alborosie's current ones Dub-Release: Schengen Dub / Embryonic Dub (Greensleeves/VP Music Group) is the name of the stream version, which comes up with an amazing 22 tracks. This seemingly never-ending consonance can kill one or the other listener - fans of vinyl, on the other hand, can expect two albums that probably offer better sound and should be easier to digest simply because they are divided into two portions. Or you make it easy for yourself and dizzy through the acoustic convolute - in the sense of: If you've heard one track, you've heard them all:
To end with something positive: Alborosie is a great live act with his Shengen Clan!