The Dirty Heads, Any Port In A Storm

dirtyheads_album.jpgThe Dirty Heads, a reggae/hip-hop/alternative band led by Dustin Bushnell and Jared Watson, have had plenty of highs and lows concerning the release of their debut full-length CD.

The highs–getting to record their songs with such top notch talent as keyboardist Billy Preston (the recently deceased “Fifth Beatle”), Korn drummer Josh Freese, and Beastie Boys mix magician Mario C. The lows–disagreements with the band’s record label, Warner Brothers, which ultimately led the Dirty Heads to leave the major record company without releasing their debut.

Fortunately for Bushnell and Watson though, they kept full control of those recordings and they have finally been able to release them. Thus, here comes Any Port In A Storm which will be available on Sept. 23 and it is a very good introduction to the band.

The Dirty Heads can do plenty of things well as evident by the CD’s first four songs which cross genres beautifully. Hip-hop beats and rapping fill out the opening track “Neighborhood” while a great shuffling reggae beat enlivens “Stand Tall.” Bushnell and Watson also show their flair for catchy melodies as “Shine” and “Driftin” feature strong pop choruses.

That solid beginning, however, overshadows the middle songs which fail to resonate. “Taint” continues with the hip-hop beats but it just is not as fun as the former songs and “Insomnia” nearly drags the party-vibe of the CD to a halt because it is too laid back.

Luckily, Any Port In A Storm redeems itself in fine style in its last third with good songs like the acoustic soul of “Chelsea” and “Everything I’m Looking For” and the pleasant ode to the band’s musical influences which are name checked in “Believe.”

Overall, this recording is a fine showing of the Dirty Heads’ talent and things should only get better for the band (which also includes percussionist Jon Olazabal and drummer Matt Ochoa) as its sound grows. Proof of that is evident already with the band’s entertaining cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” which is available only on the Dirty Heads’ website.

Words By: Todd Sikorski

[Rating: 3/5]

  3 comments for “The Dirty Heads, Any Port In A Storm

  1. Jon
    November 11, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I must add. the last 15 years? You must listen to absolute garbage. Sorry for bashing you but WOW. 15 years really? For that statement alone you shouldn’t be aloud to respond with adults.

  2. Jon
    November 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    he was right taint and insomnia weren;t that good. If its the only cd in your car then of coarse your going to like it after a awhile. Good CD, but he was right he middle tracks were lacking. It deserved 3 out of 5, get off the bands dick.

  3. October 1, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Todd Sikorski does not know what he is talking about

    3 out of 5


    this is one of the best albums to be released in the last 15 years

    14 great tracks ( Taint and insomnia kick ass Todd must not have listened to them)

    but it is cool …

    todd can hate on DH online and then bump that shit in his car privately

    ps todd, dh are their own genre

    DIG IT!

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