Dangerous Society
Ansel Meditation
Meditations Music
May 14, 2012

Track list
  1. Dangerous Society w/Hawkman
  2. Love And Happiness
  3. Sunshine Woman
  4. Funny People
  5. Tipping Toes
  6. Signs
  7. Riding Away
  8. Wish You Were Mine
  9. Spread Jah Love
  10. Wishin' And Hopin'
  11. Dangerous Society
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Ansel "Meditation" Cridland is a legendary figure in Roots Reggae music as part of the harmony trio, The Meditations (consisting of Cridland, Winston Watson and Danny Clarke). As a group, their output from 1974 to 2004's "Stand In Love" has been of the highest standards. Things became quiet as Cridland located to New York and Watson and Clarke relocated to Arizona and Oregon. Boom. Ansel sets up his own label and released a superb live set recorded in Abijan, Ivory Coast in early 2010. The rootsman has just released another solo set, "Dangerous Society".

This release has all the ingredients of production something vital ital. Production and engineering mastery by Phillip Smart. Drum duties by Squidly Cole and longtime "Bullwackie" Sidney Mills. Mr. Bassie representatives are Derrick Barnett and uber-talented Val Douglas. Keyboard and horn duties are mystically done by Georges Kouakau (of the Parker Place Band); a wicked ensemble that backed Ansel on his 2010 Africa Tour. This set was recorded at Pyramid Studios in New York. The riddims are tight fe real and has a Bullwackie production quality to it. Ansel worked with some of these musicians on The Meditations' "I Love Jah" classic from Bullwackies in 1982.

The title track jumps out of the gates as a blazing testament of today's "dreadful" state of affairs. The only drawback is that Hawkman's talent doesn't seem to fit here. Love And Happiness and Sunshine Woman both gently build into instant classics that showcase Ansel's power of wordsound and Val Douglas' dominance of pure bass power. Tipping Toes is a simple structure that is saved by Ansel's ability to have Marleyesque vocal qualities. Note: The Meditations did background vox on Bob's Rastaman Live Up and Blackman Redemption. Signs and Riding Away are pure Meditations style and fashion; with Ansel handling all harmony parts. Wish You Were Mine and the Burt Bacharach cover Wishin' And Hopin don't belong in this slice of cake. The closing track is the title track (without Hawkman) sounds much better simmered down.

This serious effort is a must for any fan of progressive and concious roots music from an artist that has kept up with the musical times and nah left his natty roots. Despite a few fillers, "Dangerous Society" is a superior affair that draws on Ansel's experience that goes way back to "The Linkers" in the late 1960's and his comaraderie with the industry's best. Big up to all those involved in this project