Fat Freddy’s Drop – Based On A True Story

Based on a True Story was the first studio produced album by New Zealand group Fat Freddy’s Drop. It was recorded in Wellington and released on the band’s own label, The Drop. Based on a True Story utilized the band’s trademark dub, reggae, soul and funk influenced sound, and has been successful both in terms of sales and of critical reception. The album debuted at number 1 and went gold in its first day, and so far has become the longest album by a New Zealand group/artist to stay at number 1. As of June 23, 2007 the album had been in the New Zealand charts for 107 weeks and had gone 7 times Platinum, selling over 105,000 copies, making it the second best selling album in New Zealand.
‘Rick Anderson’ and the album doesn’t disappoint. Although the band favors the term “hi-tek soul” to describe its music, the simple fact is that most of these songs fall squarely in the reggae/dub category, with occasional excursions into ska and jazzy, semi-electronic funk. Joe Dukie’s voice is appealingly silky and soulful without being off-puttingly slick, and the band’s horn section contributes alternately smooth and chunky chordal backing along with old-school organ and more modern synthesizer sounds. The mood of Based on a True Story is pretty consistently laid-back and mellow, and it’s a little bit hard to identify highlights from among the album’s mid-tempo offerings, but the extra funk edge of “Ray Ray” is especially nice, and “Cay’s Crays” nicely evokes early UB40. The swinging ska beat and jazz flute of “Wandering Eye” are also lots of fun. Highly recommended.

Joe Dukie (Dallas Tamaira) – Vocals
Tony Chang (Toby Laing) – Trumpet
Fulla Flash (Warren Maxwell) – Saxophone
Jetlag Johnson (Tehi Kerr) – Electric Guitar
Dobie Blaze (Iain Gordon) – Keyboards
DJ Fitchie (DJ Mu) – Mix
Hopepa (Joe Lindsay) – Trombone

 

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Based On A True Story Tracklist

1 – Ernie 00:00
2 – Cay’s Crays 07:16
3 – This Room 14:24
4 – Ray Ray 19:26
5 – Dark Days 27:06
6 – Flashback 33:44
7 – Roady 40:16
8 – Wandering Eye 47:25
9 – Del Fuego 57:15
10 – Hope Tkm 1:02:40

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