Bigger Is Tough
Dr. Woggle & The Radio
Grover Records
10 - 11 - 2003

Track list
  1. Guidance
  2. Lions And Dogs
  3. Fellas
  4. Barber Shop Girl
  5. Next Day
  6. Shituation feat. Dr.Ring-Ding
  7. How True Is Your Love
  8. Brother
  9. I Can't Say...
  10. Rhythm And Soul
  11. No More Wailin'
  12. The Taste Of Your Love (bonus track)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
After the split between Dr.Ring-Ding and his Senior Allstars, the transformation of Court Jester's Crew into Soulfood International and other traditional German skabands fading out of the public eye, it's time for the former 'promising bands' to step up. And that's exactly what this sevenpiece outfit Dr Woggle & The Radio have done. Their debut album "Suitable" now got it's successor with the Grover Records' release of "Bigger Is Tough". Their mix of reggae and rocksteady is presented with an overall relaxed vibe under the vocal harmonies, that put this album ahead of the pack. From the strong opener "Guidance", it's horn driven niceness galore. The excellent "Lions And Dogs" is followed by the more poppy sounding "Fellas" with a great percussion break, and the absolute brilliant "Barber Shop Girl", on which the piano stars alongside the great vocal harmonies. Ska tune "Next Day", "Shituation" featuring Dr.Ring-Ding and the melancholic "How True Is Your Love" maintain the high level of listening pleasure this disc gives. "Brother" is the one track on the album that I don't rate as much as the others but it's still a decent track, although it lacks the sparkling freshness of the more latin-jazzy sounding "I Can't Say..." following it, or the funky grooviness of "Rhythm And Soul". Back to reggae beats for "No More Wailin'" before the wonderful tune "The Taste Of Your Love", that was also featured on the Grover-compilation "Tune In" in a short version, is here at full length as an example of having saved the best for last.