Passafire’s album ‘Vines’ the right blend of reggae, rock

01/13/2014 12:00 AM

01/08/2014 1:45 PM

I haven’t been listening to much reggae lately, and if I’m being completely honest I didn’t even know the genre of reggae-rock existed.

I know now, and I’m kicking myself for not knowing it sooner.

I have Passafire’s fifth album “Vines” to thank for my newfound knowledge. It had me hooked in the first five seconds of the first song, “Earthquake.” It’s everything a melded music genre of reggae and progressive rock should be, and catchy to boot.

Perhaps it’s partly because I was listening to the album during the two coldest days of the season thus far in Myrtle Beach, but the entire album took me to a warmer place. It’s groovy, mellow and simply enjoyable.

Needless to say, my Spotify activity for the next few weeks is sure to be full of not only songs from “Vines,” but from previous albums like “Submersible” and “Everyone on Everynight.” I suggest you take a listen, too.

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