Dirty Rice is the first album in seven years from Mad Caddies, who were part of the third wave of ska in the mid/late 90’s. While they never saw the mainstream success of bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt, or Reel Big Fish, they put out plenty of quality music. On Dirty Rice, they mixe ska, punk, pop and rock for a solid album of catchy, diverse songs. “Shoot Out the Lights” and “Dangerous” are pure ska, while there are some piano driven songs like “Brand New Scar” and “Down and Out”, which are a little reminiscent of Ben Folds’ more upbeat songs. There are a few energetic punk songs like “Love Myself” and “Bring it Down”. “Callie’s Song” and “Drinking the Night Away” have a laid back, reggae sound.
RIYL: Big D & the Kids’ Table, Catch 22, Less Than Jake
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