The Upstart Baked To Perfection by Gingermon Makes A Good Start
March 1, 2019
By Francis Deering,
Baked to Perfection by Middle America’s Tim Gandee aka Gingermon is an exercise in the very best that reggae has to offer to date. This album, Baked To Perfection (Midwest Coast Music) with its weed inside a heart on the cover conveys much about the attitude of reggae music contained within. Reggae music is upstart music, and what is more rebellious than a white Irishman from Ohio doing real down-home reggae the right way.
Gingermon has a great voice that is apparent right out of the box with the slamming first track Babylon Say Freeze featuring the Dub Assassins. It is a warning call sent out to the people about the heavy handed tactics of a large central government structure and state with too much power and weapons to use against a brother in the streets. The swirling beats and vocals punctuated by molten throbs of bass. Babylon shines a musical light on the dark shadows of government starting to spread with the current takeover of the house. Thankfully the mood lightens up a fair bit with the next track Oh No, sounding like a white Jimmy Cliff singing over a sitar and a happy drum beat. Great chords and choruses and verses seem to be the stock and trade of our Ginger headed friend here. Oh, No is the perfect song to be sitting on the deck of some Caribbean seaside bar, enjoying a few adult beverages.
One Track Mind keeps the party going as a lover’s lament for the summertime that has passed through the stages of Fall and Winter. It is coming up again though if you only hang on a little longer. Again, great musical backing tracks with hard beats make the limbs move back and forth like a hammock between two palm trees on a white sand beach. The mood falters somewhat with the song Right Now. Not to say it is a bad song, to me, it seems to be there only to tread water for a bit. There are some interesting sound effects, but the lyrics and delivery do not reflect the urgency indicated by the title of the song. This is quickly forgotten when the next song Miracle kicks in. This one is the money song to me. It feels and sounds like a welcome comfortable pair of old blue jeans that fit just right. From the skanking piano and guitar to the cool sounding chorus this song hits all the right notes in my own personal reggae parade.
The high level continues with a laid-back version of the John Cash classic Folsom Prison Blues, coming off well and presented in a sit around the campfire setting. The song cannot be butchered by any artist being faithful to it. Gingermon is exceptional in his vocal delivery of the song and this cover rises above and fits in perfectly with the rest of the high caliber on this interesting artist’s latest effort. Looking forward to seeing what this artist does in the future.
Gingermon- One Track Mind (Music Video)
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