It is indeed a very complete album with one overarching theme; that of ‘conspiracies’. You know, the stories that get debunked in mainstream media as outrageous and crazy, met by incredulous stares of the uninitiated, whilst remaining very persistent. Maybe because they bare witness of events that are otherwise are hard to proof. Who knows? Jah knows…
16 tracks plus one intro. 16 conspiracy theories make their case with all the rhetoric that goes with them. Some are tongue in cheek in their delivery, yet all feature real authentic Dub Reggae. Which makes us wonder. How could the theories be fake if the music is so real?
Dr. Dubenstein has produced a gem, one of the most intriguing Dub albums of this year so far.
Another thing we'd like to note is that ‘Conspiracy Theory’ has another attribute upon its sleeve. It is a true-to-form concept album.
A what? Concept? It is an official release! No, you dummy!
A concept album used to be a novelty back in the day. An specific art form, a way of storytelling that we hardly ever encounter in these days of mass production and consumption.
One picks a theme and creates music and lyrics that are all interconnected, all geared towards this one central message or thought the artist wants to convey. Dr. Dubenstein has managed to do just that: the message that Dub is alive and kicking!
Not just a soundscape to plaster music halls with but one with actual content and context. Didn’t Dub emerge as a ’version’? the B-side of what used to be Roots Reggae 7” or 12” vinyl? But we digress. Make up your own mind, think of ‘Conspiracy Theory’ whatever you like to think, but we’re LOVING it!!
Dr. Dubenstein’s ‘Conspiracy Theory’ was released on April 23, 2017 in a limited edition of 777 copies on Echo Beach (EB123).