Fans of Slightly Stoopid, aka “Stoopid-heads,” probably best know the band for their funk-inflected reggae interspersed with punk and ska riffs. The So Cal crew’s latest, however, is a departure from the norm. On Chronchitis,
the band sticks to its lyrical guns—weed and women—but the punk/ska elements have been replaced by acoustic guitar, horns, spacey keyboards and syrupy synth. Although the acoustic guitar riffs shine throughout the album, the new sound leaves much of their previous energy behind.
The new sound works best on “The Otherside,” featuring NYC’s Guru rapping over a catchy acoustic rhythm; his lyrics lend an air of social consciousness and sincerity that lacks on other tracks. G. Love also makes a guest appearance on the less satisfying “Baby I Like It,” which includes the following unfortunate lyrics: “Cause you keep your pussy hot just like your name was Boba Fett/I’m like Han Solo getting’ a deep, deep freeze/Nothin’ I say can break the ice, not even pretty please.”
While it’s hard to fault Slightly Stoopid for mixing their sound, the lack of energy and overall monotony of Chronchitis
make it drag by album’s end. Here’s hoping the live show doesn’t follow suit.
Slightly Stoopid plays The Wilma Theatre Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 PM. $20.