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Review: 'JOINTPOP'
'From Trinidad...With Love'   

-  Label: 'Seahorse Records'
-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '25th January 2019'

Our Rating:
Founded in 1996, Jointpop are billed as the most influential rock'n'roll band to come out of The Caribbean. There's probably not a massive amount of competition but it's easy to understood how this five-piece have gathered a loyal following over the years.

To get an idea of where they're coming from, they once recorded a version of The Clash's 'London's Burning' making 'Trinidad' the city that was burning with boredom rather than the English capital. Despite this, the influence of classic guitar rock in their music is more evident than punk.

This album is unfussily produced by Paul Kimble of Grant Lee Buffalo and released through the Sicily based label Seahorse Recordings.

Singer Gary Hector's lyrics profess to provide piercing social commentary but don't really stand up to close scrutiny. Rear-View Mirror Love rhymes traffic with tragic and magic but doesn't seem to be making any critique on pollution or road congestion.

In Amplify, he rashly promises to rectify the revolution and/or the resurrection - that's the power of good old-fashioned rock'n'roll for you!

Overall they settle for playing things pretty straight and therefore sound more like an accomplished bar band than anything more grandiose.
  author: Martin Raybould

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JOINTPOP - From Trinidad...With Love