Music has nothing to do with race...or colour of ones skin. Hey if you don't like it don't download it. Need not bash someone. #6-9 are my favorites. Check out their other albums on eMusic. They also played live at the World Cup opening!
I am thrilled to have another cross-genre band proving that music does not have to be segregated! Love every track so far, though I've only listened to the samples. One warning: if you are trying to collect all the BLK JKS at eMusic, the album Mystery contains the track Lakeside that also appears here (though of different length). The fact that I recognized it from the samples based on a song I downloaded 6 months ago is a testament to their ability to create compelling sound.
I first learned about BLK JKS through their first limited vinyl release which is quite mind-blowing & OOP. How did that masterpiece lead to such a gad-awful debut? Must we hype a band because their black dudes from Africa making American-style Indie Rock? I turned this record on at my work, I live in Portland- people are Very leniant here w/ music. I got 4 complaints enough to turn it off and take it off rotation. The guitars and drums are absolutely nothing to brag about. And the vocals are the worst I've heard since Smashing Pumpkins. It's so funny that millions of non-black singers wish they had a little bit of soul. But don't matter if you're black, as BLK JKS make that clear.
This album was a really nice surprise. A refreshing mix of various genres and sounds. Great bass playing and tone. I'm looking forward to listening to it some more.
They tour through familiar territory to fans of alt rock and south african music, which can be an interesting juxtoposition. This is not a novel concept, but it is well done. They seem primed for global success in this well produced album.
...because you have a bone to pick with emusic? What's up with that? If you really like this band dig into your pocket and buy it from your local JoMart and then write a positive review of THEIR MUSIC not about emusic.
Each time I listen, this disc sounds different and refreshed. Fantastic.
Not the kind of music I'm into but it's produced really well. Sounds like a mix of reggae meets pink floyd to me. Couldn't understand most of what he is saying though (probably because I don't speak the language he uses).
Funny how a South African band that is changing the face of music around the world, is not available for download in South Africa. Thanks for nothing emusic.
BLK JKS deftly mix indie rock, alt-rock and African sounds into something cool and different. So many albums these days sound like retreads of something else. BLK JKS has their own thing going on and clearly it's one of the bests of 2009.