Sunday, November 21, 2004

Capleton and Out on a Funky Trip

Reign of Fire
After the albums More Fire and Still Blazin', combined with tremendous controversy over his fundamentalist Bobo Ashanti lyrics, Capleton's back with Reign of Fire. He's still burning down Babylon and deserving of his "Fire Man" moniker, but his flames of righteousness are a little tempered here. Capleton is clever, conscious and as political as ever, but if you're into hardcore dancehall, you might be disappointed - though "Who Yuh Callin' Nigga" is crazy as all hell and there's also the intense "In Her Heart." Tunes like "Remember the Days" and "Sunshine Girl" (with Stephen Marley) present the softer, gentler side of King Shango. 8/10

Out on a Funky Trip: Funk, Soul, and Reggae from Randy's 1970-75
Reggae musicians play funk and soul. Very well. Suffice it to say, I hope there's a second chapter. 9/10


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