Amid The Noise And Haste
Label: ATO Records (AT0)
Arlington, Virginia-based reggae eight piece SOJA (Soldiers Of Jah Army) have quietly made a name for themselves within the jam-band scene, and on their sixth album, even reggae royalty Damian Marley offers up his blessings. As on previous outings, mild dub touches and engaging horn charts meet with progressive politics and positivity ("You can't even figure out same-sex marriage," frontman Jacob Hemphill chides Congress). They even attempt some hip-hop this time out (Alfred The MC-aided "Promises and Pills"). But this stateside reggae is best when kept simple, riding lazy roots-rock vibes.