Across The Valley
Love Grocer
Universal Egg
January 23, 2007

Love Grocer - Across the Valley Track list
  1. Staring Into The Distance feat. MC Spee
  2. Hanging Like Grapes
  3. Surviving feat. Earl 16
  4. Sunset Point
  5. East Of Jaro
  6. Snowdrops
  7. Cloudy Day feat. Jonno a.k.a. Dubdadda
  8. In Due Season
  9. Blossom
  10. Journey’s End
  11. I Am The Cat
  12. Warn Them
  13. Cool, Clear Water
  14. Hornsman Dub
  15. Peace and Love
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : -/4 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Love Grocer is a musical collaboration centred around the songwriting duo of Chris Petter (trombone, keyboards & bass) and David Fullwood (trumpet & guitar). As the main players in the Crispy Horns -- together with seasoned reggae players Richard Doswell (alto sax & flute) and Jon Petter (tenor sax) -- they've attracted notable attention with their distinctive brass sound on releases by Asian Dub Foundation, Stereo MCs, Morcheeba, Zion Train, The Bluetones, Horace Andy, Dreadzone and Mad Professor, to name a few. Their involvement with the new roots/dub scene stretches back to the early 90s with Chris Petter being a founder member of the legendary Conscious Sounds stable playing with Centry and The Dub Specialists and Dave Fullwood cutting his teeth with Zion Train and Tassilli Players.

On "Across The Valley" -- the worthy follow up to their debut set "Rockin' With The Love Grocer" and the 2002 released "Fresh Produce", both released on the 'Dubhead' label - Love Grocer showcase their ability to create infectious and easy accessible efforts. The listener is treated to a rich, warm sound, forged on multi-layered real instruments and very good production. A full brass section, acoustic guitars, organs and keyboards underpinned by a seriously heavyweight bass, and a few guest vocalists, are the main ingredients of this throughout entertaining album.

Personal favourites are the heavenly sounding album opener "Staring Into The Distance", the sufferer's tune "Surviving", which features Earl 16's distinctive voice, the wonderful "Blossom", the dubby message tune "Warn Them", and the rocking "Hornsman Dub". Overall opinion is that this album offers a nice mixture of vocal and instrumental tracks, all worth of hearing.