"Simply Melodies" by JR'S Socalypsoreggaeroc! is a very creative assembly of Caribbean instrumentals. With the native and elegant steel pan as the driving instrument, these songs are extremely melodic. What's more, the structure of these tunes are, as the title suggests, kept very simple. The steel pan is at the forefront of this CD with minimal backing by bass, drums, and some synthesizer fills, allowing the intricate sounds of the steel pan to shine through. "Jamaica Farewell, Yellow Bird, Letter From Jamaica" opens with a very non-traditional drum arrangement that catches the listener's attention. Moreover, "Ah Come Back Home" displays a very memorable steel pan melody. Minimal production adds to the simplicity of these tracks. If you enjoy world Caribbean music then you should check out the nice steel pan work on these tracks.
-Xavier P. and the RadioIndy Reviewer Team