Overall: Lyrically interesting, fun and energetic, but not as diverse in sound as expected.
The name “Superheavy” might not immediately ring a bell, but you may be more familiar with this band than you think. Comprised of the legendary Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, pop-rockster Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, soul-singer Joss Stone, reggae heir Damian Marley and Bollywood artist A.R. Rahman, Superheavy is one of contemporary music’s most eclectic and diverse bands. One might assume that blending artists from such vastly different genres would be nearly impossible, but the group’s self-titled debut makes it look almost effortless. Almost.
Although the vocals are fantastically evenly split and there is not a clear “front-person”, the various musical styles aren’t as well integrated. Reggae and Indian-style orchestration dominate the production, preventing the album from sounding as sundry as it could. The record is fiercely energetic, but the minimal change in tempo makes smoother, slower tracks like “Never Gonna Change” and “I Don’t Mind” a welcomed break. The lyrical matter doesn’t lack quality, as it addresses daily life, social consciousness and love with a few tracks about having fun in-between. On a slightly different note, one of the coolest points in the album is when Mick Jagger raps on “Energy” (hear below).
We often forget that while each music genre is different in sound, they all are inter-connected and have influenced one another. Superheavy is a reminder of that fact and I’m so glad they recorded this album. I just wish they would’ve better blended the backgrounds of Jagger, Stewart and Stone into the production. The album is fun and is worth at least one listen.