Thursday, October 07, 2004

Steel Pulse and Luciano

Steel Pulse
African Holocaust
Okay, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this album. Intelligent, politically charged lyrics, strong songs, pleasant harmonies, lovely horns, clean production - even the essays on black history in the liner notes are worth reading. Problem with African Holocaust is that there's just nothing right here. When David Hinds sings "downtrodden masses, get up off your asses," it's only the lyrics that supply urgency. A couple of moments in "No More Weapons" (featuring Damian Marley) are hot, but this makes it more painful when even Capleton (who appears on the disappointing "Blazing Fire") can't seem to help Steel Pulse get the fire burning. 7/10

Lessons of Life
When Luci sings, "Dem a try try try, can't hold me, dem a try try try, can't touch me," you believe him. 9/10


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