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Pepper

No Shame

(WEA; US: 3 Oct 2006; UK: Available as import)

Does the world really need a reincarnation of Sublime? Is one 311 enough? Most would answer those questions “No” and “Yes”, respectively. But with the general state things so downbeat and reflective, Pepper’s laid-back reggae rhythms and general sense of recreation are a welcome change of pace. On their fourth album, and major label debut, the Hawaiian trio can’t resist the temptation to add skits, but they do mix things up with some new wave-influenced pop, R&B, and metal touches. Nick Hexum of 311 and No Doubt’s Tony Kanal are on the production team, but Pepper infuse things with their own sense of warmth. If these guys turn out to be the ‘00s’ version of the Spin Doctors, well, worse things could happen.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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