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Slightly Stoopid: Chronchitis

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If you and your sweetie pie are looking for some laid-back smooching music, you'll want to check out Slightly Stoopid's latest release, Chronchitis. This CD—the band's sixth—is composed of mellow, reggae-driven grooves fused with blues, hip-hop, electric and acoustic rock. The disc reveals that, beyond being fond of girls and ganja, these boys are surfers, and their soulful relationship with the water is audible in many of their tunes. Lazy, psychedelic reggae rhythms backed by a capable horn section often evoke images of bare feet, beach parties, freckled noses and bright white teeth. Special guest G. Love joins the band on "Baby I Like It," a swaying homage to getting down, while the seductive "Above The Clouds" billows out in an exotic Eastern haze.

Hailing from San Diego, Calif., Slightly Stoopid was discovered in 1997 by Sublime's now-deceased lead singer Brad Nowell, who signed them to his Skunk Records label. In the decade since then, the band has sold more than 350,000 CDs. In August, this disc debuted at No. 55 on the Billboard Chart and was the No. 2 independent record. This is the band's first release on their new label, Stoopid Records. The not-so-stupid boys earned their degrees from the school of rock by touring with Sublime, G. Love and Special Sauce, The Roots and The Dave Matthews Band. So likeable is Chronchitis, it will quickly become the album you find yourself gently nodding along to while making dinner ... and thinking about dessert.