‘The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank’ follows in the steps of previous releases: ‘This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank’ and yes – no prizes for guessing – ‘This Is An Album By A Band Called Adebisi Shank.’ Album name continuity is something that shouldn’t be overlooked, and Adebisi Shank‘s straightforward approach is definitely admirable.
But aside from trivial reasons to appreciate something, the album itself is more than able to prove why it was such an anticipated release. Comprised of nine tracks that are euphoric and bursting with raw energy, packed full of danceable songs
Opening with one of the three tracks that had already been released, World in Harmony is the kind of song you’d expect from the Sargent House heavyweights – fast, ballsy and full of that contagious energy that radiates from every song they churn out. The album itself features much more vocoded vocals than previous releases have, and it adds an extra layer to enjoy.
Followed immediately by the the huge sounding Big Unit, the album just seems to go from strength to strength. Featuring soaring guitars, galloping drumbeats and an all over dreamy feel, it’s hard to not get caught up in sheer enjoyment.
The highlight of the album comes in the form of a track entitled Mazel Tov. It’s becoming rarer and rarer to come across a song that’s just good fun, and Mazel Tov is exactly that sort of song. Lead by a groovy bass line and a prominent horn section, it’s impossible not to enjoy it. It’s deliciously addictive, and that’s exactly the way it should be.
Sensation sounds like it’s already been remixed. It’s odd, in that it sounds kind of like a dodgy 90s pop song but actually good. Then at about a minute and a half it kicks into this beautifully reverberated section, almost just to remind you that this is actually Adebisi Shank. It’s essentially a dance rock track that just continues to go and grow until it erupts into something bigger than it ever appeared it’d be.
All in all, there genuinely isn’t a bad song on the album. It closes out on the quieter, more calm (trio always) which is a very apt album closer, especially considering it follows the giant Voodoo Vision. It leaves the album on a high, yet more peaceful note.
‘This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank’ is innovative and exciting, brimming with explosive energy that rears it’s head the second you press play on the first track. It’s different to their earlier releases, but still retains that Adebisi oomph that seems to just set them apart. They have grown immensely since their second album’s conception in 2010, and it really does seem like there’s no stopping them.