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Review: Fortunate Youth – It’s All a Jam


Fortunate Youth – Its All A Jam
Track Listing:
1.) It’s All a Jam
2.) Till the End
3.) One Love
4.) Moog Lude
5.) Ali’s Song
6.) Love Won’t Leave Me Alone
7.) Positive
8.) Some Might Say
9.) Vibration Dub
10.) Peace Love & Unity
11.) Sweet Sensi
12.) So Rebel



The Pier Album Rating:


Release Date: March 19th, 2013
Website: Fortunate Youth Website


Group Background:
Coming straight out of South Bay, Los Angeles, Fortunate Youth embodies a casual, reggae roots vibe with heavy emphasis on bass, and keyboards, that has led to their commercial success on Up-Lifted in 2010. Up-Lifted reached as high as #2 on the iTunes Reggae Charts, and #13 on Billboard’s top Reggae Albums. The (now) 6-piece band has such a complete sound that distinguishes them among one of the best up and coming reggae bands.


Album Review:
This is a perfect album to take in that feel of summer vibes, and relaxing beach havens. For a majority of this album a consistent emotional swag keeps the listener jamming hard. Without an elaborate emotional spark however, It’s All a Jam still eaves a good taste, even after the tunes stop playing.

On tracks such as “One Love,” Fortunate Youth throws in some great horn work, as well as that ever-present bass and percussion sound that gives these guys an edge. Dan Kelly’s vocals are energetic and passionate throughout the whole album, with a great example on “Peace, Love and Unity” that really shows the completeness of Fortunate Youth.

What makes It’s All a Jam so pure, yet grounded, is the bands ability to transition tracks and to keep to a simple feel. The headlining track “It’s All a Jam” starts this album off with a classic organ on some raw vocal work that sets the tone for the rest of the album. The track “Sweet Sensi,” is a stoner’s anthem, while the track “Positive” reminds the listener to stand up for what’s right, and that reggae music is the path to do just that.

Despite laying down a solid framework, the only knock is lacking a little more creativity. Tracks like “Vibration Dub” and “Moog Lude” bring this one down a bit, and equal out some of the better tracks on the album. With no obvious tracks that take the cake as lead singles, there is just that one piece that is absent. There are solid tracks through and through, but staying in one’s comfort zone has pros and cons, especially when it comes to such a talented group of musicians. There are no features on this one, and these guys stick to what they know, yet lacks a little outside-the-boxness.

Regardless, the talent is there from these guys, and It’s All a Jam will be a nice addition to the collection. This album is a traditional performance from Fortunate Youth, and they deserve a lot of credit on being able to put out something very melodic, while keeping it kosher by staying original. It’s All a Jam is a great album to set the mood for new fans to get acquainted to, and old fans to keep jamming to.


Written & Reviewed By: Andrew McClatchy


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5 Responses to Review: Fortunate Youth – It’s All a Jam

  1. Devin C says:

    In my opinion , It’s All A Jam is the best new album I have heard in a good while, at least so far this year. No obvious tracks take the lead as singles because there are a bunch that are good enough

  2. jahovia says:

    each review i read by you, its more and more clear you have no idea what you are talking about

  3. Allie Gordon says:

    There are a lot of features on this album. Caleb from the Green, Josh Heinrichs, Steve Jacobo of Tribal Seeds….

  4. Andrew M says:

    Well it is based on my own personal interpretation, and you are entitled to your own opinion. However, if I missed certain aspects that are facts about songs, artists, production, etc. please inform me of my mistakes so I can produce a better written article.

  5. AJ says:

    vibration dub brings this album down? that is one of the most moronic things i’ve ever heard, even if it is an opinion. dub is the ULTIMATE form of reggae and nobody does it better nowadays, nor has the balls to play it live, as much as Fortunate YOuth does. simply put, there is nothing that can be done to make their albums any better.

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