Rolf - Pure Liefde
Record Label: None
Release Date: March 15, 2007
Rolf is a third-wave ska band, hailing all the way from good ol’ Amsterdam. While most of their music is in Dutch, don’t let this language barrier grind you down. Contrary to popular belief, “love” is not the only universal language anymore.
“Blind Date” is an extremely powerful album-opener, and sets the tone for the rest of the album. It seems to almost say, “We are Rolf. We play ska. Listen to us. We hope you enjoy this album.” “Zeker Weten” is more of a stripped-down track, with the first verse being only a fun, carefree riff on just guitar. If there ever was a song to make you want to skip down the street while whistling a tune and forget about the rest of the world for a moment, you’ve found it with “Zeker Weten”.
The title track has a slight island feel to it for the first few bars. This is where you can easily hear their influence from bands such as Streetlight Manifesto and Big D & the Kids Table. The music seems to overpower the vocals quite often throughout this album, but this is honestly the only negative factor about Pure Liefde.
“Wack MC’s” closes the album, but instead leaving you wanting more, it just makes you want to start the album all over again. The vocals in “Wack MC’s” could be considered rapping, if you use the term loosely. What I liked about this is while they’re not trying to toast, which is the most common form of vocal styling for ska bands, they do mix it up a little from their usual pattern.
With influences from bands of a wide array of genres, Pure Liefde is an album that can be enjoyed by anyone that likes to get up and bust a move to their music from time to time.