Review: "Love Me More" (Chicago Music Guide)http://chicagomusicguide.com/evolution-beat-love-me-more/
September 03, 2014 at 10:38 PM
It seems reggae is now most popular when punk, ska, or funk incorporate it. A few pop bands try to fuse the sound, but I think Baha Men made it such a joke that the mainstream just has to steer away. Evolution Beat doesn't have to worry about this because they have all the pieces to make pop reggae work. In their new single "Love Me More," they blend the sounds for a fun, light track with fresh production and the quintessential cheery mood of classic reggae.
One thing I appreciate about this song is that its reggae staples are subtle. Singer Garrett Stevens isn't trying to sound Jamaican. He avoids this all-too-familiar gimmick by delivering his lines in a relaxed, poised manner. He lets the music cover the "contemporary ska" sound without fabricating an accent to shove the genre down your throat. The guitar doesn't have that stereotypical "chick-(pause)-chick-(pause)" formula that dominates about 99.9% of reggae songs.