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Progressive Youth
Peter Broggs
Progressive Youth
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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This debut set demonstrates the durability of a relatively unknown artist and the enduring appeal of reggae's early, unsophisticated instrumental tracks, motored by foundation bass lines and squishy one-drop drum beats, an...  more »

      
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All Artists: Peter Broggs
Title: Progressive Youth
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ras
Release Date: 2/23/1999
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 060768962521, 021823318325

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This debut set demonstrates the durability of a relatively unknown artist and the enduring appeal of reggae's early, unsophisticated instrumental tracks, motored by foundation bass lines and squishy one-drop drum beats, and accented by the rhythmic slashes of organ and guitar chords and the occasional idiosyncratic sound effect. Broggs, a Rastaman from Western Kingston who was an '80s fixture on Negril's 10-mile-long beach, covers the usual Rasta-reggae concerns, tipping dangerously close at times towards cliché in lyrics that extol--as so many others before and since--Jah's omnipotence, the need to give Him thanks and praises, the folly of envy, African repatriation, and other guidelines for positive living and spiritual ease. Likewise, his clear, bright tenor (located squarely in the wonderful "youth man" tradition that was so popular in the '70s and early '80s) occasionally slips off-key. Yet, in a weird reversal of the usual poetic and musical strategies, those imperfections merely add to the overall effect of artless charm. --Elena Oumano