Rock with the pulse...
Harvey Raygun | Tucson, North America | 09/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Steel Pulse is one of the truest reggae groups currently on the circuit. I saw them at a fabulous show in Tucson, AZ of all places, and was deeply impressed by the band's committment to continually playing good music at shows. "Earth Crisis" came out after Steel Pulse hit a rough patch with cheesy '80s rifts that sounded like fake reggae coming out of the elevator speakers in the Waldorf Jamaica. Luckily, they crept out of the shadow that the music industry seemingly imposed upon the entire genre, directing the massive popularity reggae music saw in the 1970's into some electronically-dependant wraith in the next decade. After apologizing profusely in their albums, Steel Pulse regained their foothold as a band that plays amazing music with meaingful lyrics in an age where reggae music fans are few and far between. To understand the real message behind the music, look no farther than Steel Pulse."
Under-Rated UK Band That CrossedOver With This CD
Original Mixed Up-Kid | New York United States | 09/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD despite the somewhat seriousness of the CD's theme ranks as a milestone in Reggae and remains a somewhat happy tuneful upbeat affair,with added version tracks.The band's tight strong structures,melodies,rhythms struck a chord in the USA when this hit and put them on the map which surely spurred the growth of this genre of music..This CD arguably ranks possibly as the groups finest "commercial"effort coming after their 1st Elektra release,moving over from Island Records who brought forth so many of the classic early reggae bands..Pulse are/were foremost a band delivering solid musicianship addressing politics and liberation all within a sophisticated band structure with musicians playing excellently behind David Hinds,the major guitar songwriter, who is best known for his dreads reaching straight up a couple of feet in the air..Hind's songs are a mix of social commentary,love songs, with added touches of studio wizardry...their use of brass, harmonies,overall tightness of the band and it's songs should be enjoyed by those favouring bands like Burning Spear,Aswad(more balladry though)Bob Marley(the Godfather)..
I saw the band play a couple of years ago at a free show in Brooklyn and many of the songs,the title track,Rollerskates,Steepin' Out remain hallmarks of their live set."