Hail The Comforter
March 30, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Luciano has been one of the most popular reggae singers to emerge from Jamaica during the last decade, as popular with the roots reggae fans as he is with the dancehall fans. Since his Phillip "Fatis" Burrell produced breakthrough album "Where There Is Life", released in 1995, the righteous singer has successfully recorded for a number of producers in and outside Jamaica and treated the reggae massive to notable albums such as "Serve Jah", "Great Controversy", "Sweep Over My Soul", "A New Day", and more recently "Serious Times" and "Lessons Of Life". Here's his latest release "Hail The Comforter", which he recorded for the Crystal Ball imprint under the auspices of producer Chris 'Coxsone' Hunt, cousin of the legendary producer Clive Hunt. It's being released on the Jet Star imprint. The excellent set recalls the work that Luciano did for Fatis Burrell and the Xterminator imprint. Here he focuses on strictly roots and culture themes, riding some of reggae's hottest riddims of this time. The title track picks up the 'Hand Cart Boy' riddim and offers a neat distillation of Luciano's own beliefs. Wandering Woman is a remake of a tune he did in his early years, here delivered across a vintage Treasure Isle riddim... cool tune! Tracks like Father God, Crafty and Stop the War continue Luciano's intention to point out life's inequalities and man's inhumanity to man. Looking at the riddims the album is a kind af tribute to the great men of reggae like Coxsone Dodd, Joe Gibbs, Sly and Robbie and Duke Reid. Stop The War is Luciano's second cut on the 'Soon Forward' riddim, last year Xtremist put a single called 'Walk The Straight Line' on the same riddim. Another Gregory Isaacs riddim - Love Is Overdue - is presented here, check out Work Things Out. But there is more...a meditation on the Rastaman's sacrament in Herb Minister, the power of reggae music in Keep the Music Alive and a blistering deejay version of Crafty re-named as Too Greedy and co-starring Anthony B.