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The Supervillains - Postcards From Paradise

Review by Shawn Hallman

After three years of waiting, fans will be happy to know that the Supervillains didn't mail in their latest studio effort, Postcards from Paradise. The Supervillains have returned with 14 brand new tracks, no more re-recordings of older work, and no more skits.

The new album, which follows the band’s 2008 LAW Records release Massive perfectly showcases the high-energy blend of reggae, rock, ska, pop and punk that The Supervillains display on their perpetual tours. Those who have been worried about the recent loss of both Cardo and Smally have no reason to worry; Postcards from Paradise is everything any Supervillains fan could ask for and more.

After listening to the album for the first time, it is clear that The Supervillains have matured both musically and lyrically. With this maturity also comes a new sense of confidence that shows in the songwriting and is backed up by insanely catchy grooves. Even songs dealing with the pitiful turmoil of heartbreak show a strong sense of self-respect. Postcards from Paradise brings to the table a combination of all the fun that fans have grown used to along with meaningful and thought-provoking lyrics.

Postcards from Paradise hooks the listener from the first track, the catchy “I Hate Everything.” This album is loaded with potential hits. Listen to the album a few times and it is nearly impossible not to have songs such as “Free”, “I’m Gonna Do” “I’m Leavin’”, and “Puddles” stuck in your head for days. Fans of the English Beat will recognize and enjoy Antonee First Class toasting on the track “Stuck in the Middle”. Skart’s vocals fit in nicely on the mellower track “Fundamentalists”, proving once again that the Villains can capture everything from fast-paced ska to a dub-feeling reggae groove.

The Supervillains also managed to prove once again that they have the ability to make you want to skank and groove to any song with a cover of George Michael’s 1984 hit “Careless Whisper” that gives the original and all other covers a run for their money. The title track, a beautiful-yet-punk-feeling song, perfectly complements and completes the album.

Postcards seems to have captured The Supervillains in their prime. There is not a single filler track on the CD with each one just as catchy as its predecessor. The whole album can be enjoyed by fans of old and new and has the potential to bring about many more new fans.

Postcards from Paradise is the best Supervillains album to date. It will keep you singing, skanking, and grooving along from the first to last track. The Supervillains seem to be on a roll, in their prime, and ready to break through the music industry, and Postcards from Paradise has the potential to do just that.

By Shawn Hallman

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