(Album Review) “Big Tings” by Skindred

On April 27, Skindred released their seventh album Big Tings via Napalm Records.  For fans familiar with the band, this album will serve as confirmation of the elements that make Skindred Skindred while there are catchy songs that will lead new fans to explore the band’s previous work.  

In listening to this album, it is very easy to see why Skindred is considered one of the best live bands around and, in fact, have won multiple awards based on their live shows.  The album starts off with the title track Big Tings, which possesses a catchy intro and a chorus of “big tings running through my mind” that the listener can easily relate to.  The song contains a message of self-realization and is a great way to start off the album.

The second track That’s My Jam is currently the hit of the album and is getting consistent radio play across the nation.  As the title would indicate, this is one of the catchy, sing-along tracks of the album and is very easy for the listener to get into.  It is a classic feel-good stadium song and, true to Skindred’s reputation, very easy to picture this song being performed live. Please check out the official video for this track below:

The third track Machine illustrates the AC/DC influence on the band and in fact, Brian Johnson of AC/DC utilizes the song as an intro for his TV show “Cars that Rock!”.  Is very easy to picture yourself flying down the highway in your dream vehicle as lead singer Benji Webbe wails about “pushing the pedal to the metal” and guest vocalist Gary Stringer of Reef chimes in with “Rock ‘n Roll to save my soul”.  This is a very infectious song would have also served as a great way to start the album, actually.

Most of the other tracks on the album back up the themes demonstrated in these first three songs as Skindred definitely hits the listener with their best right away.  One song that does stick out is “Tell Me” which serves as the ballad of the album. It is refreshing to see Skindred provide variety in their sound and ability through this track and please check this out for yourself through the link below:

Overall, Big Tings is a very solid album and can easily engage the listener.  It is an album a listener will want to explore when in the mood for catchy lyrics and choruses and and perhaps also in need of a little “pick me up” to get through a tough day or tough period in someone’s life.  Skindred’s music can definitely provide those feelings when needed!  Madness To Creation gives this album a solid 8 out of 10 star rating.

Track Listing:

  1. Big Tings
  2. That’s My Jam
  3. Machine
  4. Last Chance
  5. Tell Me
  6. Loud and Clear
  7. Alive
  8. All This Time
  9. Broken Glass
  10. Saying it Now

And, lastly, please explore more about Skindred at the following social media sites:

https://www.facebook.com/skindredofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/skindredmusic/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/Skindredmusic?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Skindred will also be playing various European festivals this summer. Check out the dates below.

Thursday, June 21st- Copenhell in Copenhagen, Denmark (w/Mustasch, Igorrr, Arch Enemy, Alestorm, Thy Art Is Murder, Parkway Drive, Sodom, Soulfly, Zeal & Ardor, Deftones, Nightwish, Tremonti Project, and Graveyard)

Sunday, June 24th- Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium (w/Lacuna Coil, Mantar, Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine, Body Count, Meshuggah, Ego Kill Talent, Modern Life Is War, TesseracT, Ozzy Osbourne, Tyr, and Vandenburg’s Moonkings)

Saturday, June 30th- Astrodome Festival In The Sky in Panesky Tynec, Czech Republic

Saturday, July 7th- Lesz Fest in Kisvarda, Hungary

Saturday, July 14th- Dong Open Air in Stadt Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany (w/Mantar)

Saturday, August 4th- Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany

Sunday, August 5th- Colos-Saal in Aschafenburg, Germany

Tuesday, August 7th- Club Vaudeville in Lindau Bodensee, Germany

Wednesday, August 8th- Open Flair Festival in Eschwege, Germany (w/Gurr, The Menzingers, and Gogol Bordello)

Friday, August 17th- Rabolagartija Festival in Adsubia, Spain

Saturday, August 25th- Reading Festival in Reading, United Kingdom (w/ECCA VANDAL, PALE WAVES, Panic! At The Disco, Alan Walker, Fickle Friends, Teenage Wrist, Sum 41, Otherkin, Bloxx, Now Now, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, Papa Roach, and Yungblud)

Sunday, August 26th- Leeds Festival in Leeds, United Kingdom

Saturday, September 22nd- Hamburg Metal Dayz in Altstadt Waldenburg, Germany

For tickets and further information on any of the festivals listed above, click here.

 

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