Album review
Gwaan True
Red Di
Red Di
27 - 11 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Take A Chance
  2. It's About A Woman
  3. One Night Love
  4. Adversity
  5. True Love
  6. Skeletons In The Closet
  7. Jah Kallin
  8. One World One Rhythm
  9. Man On A Mission
  10. Skeletons In A Closet (Dub)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Red Di consists of musicians who are friends and who have a talent for putting together an atmosphere as compelling as the music they play together. The band first surfaced in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Spring of 1995, pulling three members from a local Reggae band called the Splifftones. After some changes in the line-up, the band is has released their first album entitled 'Gwaan True'. This phrase, using the Jamaican term Gwaan meaning "Go" or "Going" is interpreted by band members to mean "Going True", "Belief in Truth" and "Standing True". The album is collection of rockin' reggae and pop, with swirling echoes of melancholy blues laced throughout the background. The presence of powerful rock guitars is something you can either love or hate. On the album you'll find 9 vocals cuts and one swinging dub track. The album showcases the many sides of the band : there are some fine lovers tunes on the album but roots and culture are also present here. Although the pop/rock influences are mostly in the forefront, it's not dominating every tune on the album. You can also discover dancehall and rap influences.
Red Di's first album is well worth checking out, which makes it interesting to see how this band will develop in the future.

Teacher & Mr. T.