Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop
Black Uhuru tries to cross over into the Anglo-American pop mainstream with Mystical Truth, but the Jamaican reggae trio misses its target by 20 years. Instead of hitting today's hip-hop/world-beat action that has been so ... more »
Black Uhuru tries to cross over into the Anglo-American pop mainstream with Mystical Truth, but the Jamaican reggae trio misses its target by 20 years. Instead of hitting today's hip-hop/world-beat action that has been so good to Shabba Ranks, Black Uhuru lands in the early '70s. Not only does Mystical Truth include covers of War's 1972 "Slippin' into Darkness" and Peter Gabriel's 1986 (but '70s-sounding) "Mercy Street," but the whole album is suffused with the laid-back funk, pompous art-rock, and slick Quiet Storm music that made the early-'70s so trying. Even on the original compositions by Black Uhuru's three original singers, Garth Dennis, Duckie Simpson, and Don Carlos, all the rough edges have been sanded down by the creamy keyboards, leisurely tempos, and cluttered arrangements. Louie Rankin, a Jamaican dancehall DJ now based in New York, adds the guest rap on "One Love." --Geoffrey Himes
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Arlo Vortex | Third Stone | 02/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While it's not exactly roots music, it is pretty good modern dub reggae, emphasis on the dub part. This album isn't authentic roots reggae like Ras Michael, Toots, or even the Wailing Souls,it is still pretty stoney.
My only criticism is that a couple of songs are a bit sweet and syruppy. What does that mean to you? I have no idea, but after digging this, I definitely want to try their earlier stuff. I would give it 4 stars, but I don't think the the other 2 reviewers thought about it enough before rating it. I let the music stand on its own without comparing it to something it's not trying to be. I'll skew the ratings and give it 5 stars, which is my right as a reviewer."
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Soul Bird | 04/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This punchy warm well recorded excursion into Reggae & Pop is an interesting departure from the usual Black Uhuru Reggae. Their Reggae version of War's "Slippin' Into Darkness" is one of the highlights of this colorful set of songs. For an entertaining time this is the CD for you."