Seeds-N-Stems - Buds Like Gems
- Artist: Seeds-N-Stems
- Album: Buds Like Gems
- Label: none
- Year of Release: 2011
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- Reviewed by: mark_morton on 2011-06-28
Wyoming would probably be the last place I would expect a Reggae-influenced band to originate, but here is Seeds-N-Stems - a reggae/pop/punk/rock/hip-hop mega-combo that will have you burning spliffs, shaking your booty, and partying like you just graduated high school.
The title and the band name would have you believing the band was one of the hardcore stoner rock disciples, following the path paved and beaten by Fu Manchu, Nebula, Sea of Green, etc., and you would be sadly misinformed. This is light, breezy, cross-genre music designed to augment the brighter side of life, accentuating the good times, while allowing negativity to fade into the silken mist.
Buds Like Gems is an album designed for the free-spiritedness of summer; each song is like a mini-vacation, taking you to the beach, a tropical island, or even nearby locales like a bumping nightclub or your best friend's house party.
Sure there's a school of thought out there that whole-heartedly believes this brand of ganga-worshiping, bouncy trip-hop is 15 years past its trend-prime, but these are the snobs talking - those who have little more to do with their time than gripe about something they don't like rather than seek out something that moves them.
While it is true that Seeds-N-Stems is not seeking truth or the great mysteries of the universe, thinking about the band in those terms is going to have your head-spinning. Seeds-N-Stems is about the here and now; all that matters is that you enjoy whatever it is you are doing, and make every moment count. Then again, perhaps the band has tapped into the crux of life - to live each day like it is your last, and have a good time doing it! Buds Like Gems is the soundtrack for an optimistic summer and a plentiful life!
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