Sound — 10
Slightly Stoopid's latest studio album, Chronchitis, is a positive step towards a very unique sound for the band. Since the band originated from a punk/reggae background, they've taken their sound and evolved it into something that moves away from a cliche sound and begins to create something very new. The CD is much more "unified" than the others, with most of the songs sounding more similar, which can be both a good and bad thing (I personally find it a good thing). Songs such as "Jimi" and "Girl You Is So Fine" still show off Slightly Stoopid's guitar prowess, though many of the other songs have excellent integration of the guitar into the music itself to avoid too much of a separation of the instruments and vocals. Also, heavier use of DeLa and C-Money's brass adds to a more unique sound, fusing even more musical dynamicism into the album.
Lyrics — 8
While not the most lyrically inclined band out there, Slightly Stoopid has made progress with their lyrical work with this album. The lyrics move away from the drugs, sex, and anarchical themes of the other albums and now include much more generalized and universal language. Songs like "Reward For Me" have more of a poetic feel to the words, though I still wouldn't call it very talented songwriting. However, the soothing sound of Doughty and McDonald's vocals play into the style of the album very well, and it's nice to see the band switch from a reggae sound to rapping to more standard singing.
Overall Impression — 10
Chronchitis is definitely a milestone album for Slightly Stoopid, up there with Closer to the Sun and Everything You Need. The album can be summed up pretty well with songs like "Ocean" and "Hold On To The One," though there are some songs that are a bit different, such as "Anywhere I Go" and "Breakbeat." However different they are, they all fit very well into the album, and Chronchitis is one of the most timeless, well-rounded albums I've heard in a while. Good work, Slightly Stoopid.