Returning after a three year hiatus, Scott Woodruff and Stick Figure are back with a 6th full length record touting some very special guests and could be their most impressive album to date.
The 2012 record “Burial Ground,” was Stick Figure’s most successful and popular album and “Set in Stone” could rival or surpass that. Blending a great mix of upbeat roots reggae rock and dub, Scott Woodruff impressively layers all the songs one by one and constructs each song meticulously. Original based in MA, Woodruff relocated to the more appropriate, California which definitely suits the sound and vibes of the reggae rock scene several years ago, and you can tell in the energy of the music put forth.
With “Set in Stone,” some notable guest stars appear on the record including Collie Buddz on the first single “Smokin’ Love,” Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, Kyle McDonald from Slightly Stoopid appears on the latest single and my favorite on the new record “Choice is Yours.” Naturally, these guest stars all fit in with the same mold of the Roots Reggae Rock family and helps create, no pun intended, a budding music community. Stick Figure even recently went on tour with Rebelution and Slightly Stoopid and will continue to do so much more in the future in support of the new record. Personally, can’t wait to check them out live as Woodruff has only recently put together a live touring ensemble of musicians.
I enjoyed how the songs started off slightly slower in the beginning and worked their way up to a more upbeat sound towards the middle of the record. “Sentenced” was a stand out track as well as the singles “Choice is Yours”, and “Smokin’ Love.” “Set in Stone” finishes up with an uplifting track in “Smiles on Faces,” featuring KBong and after listening to this record start to finish, you should definitely have that.
Bottom Line: Excellent new record from Scott Woodruff and Stick Figure. Band is a new favorite!
Notable Tracks: In This Love, Choice is Yours, Sentenced, Out in the Door, Fire on the Horizon, Smokin’ Love, Shadow, Mind Block