Love Filled Dub Band
Pama Intl
Rockers Revolt
October 13, 2008

Track list
  1. Wherever You Lead
  2. Lovely Wife feat. Rico Rodriguez
  3. Highrise feat. Michie One
  4. Orgon Will Follow
  5. Tomorrow's News Today
  6. Come As You Are
  7. First Impression
  8. Throwaway Society
  9. Wonder Wonder
  10. Lovely Dub
  11. The Race For Inner Space
  12. Be My Guest
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 3 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Although this is already Pama Intl's fifth album release, it's actually the first time that we put a Pama Intl album in our cd player to give the band's music a listen. However, our first acquaintance with their musical output causes mixed feelings. Without doubt the songs are well arranged, expertly recorded and the musicians involved -- alongside Pama Intl's usual collective line-up including Lynval Golding (The Specials/Fun Boy 3), Finny and Sean Flowerdew and members from The Lee Perry band, PWEI, and Bentley Rhythm Ace, the album also features guest appearances from the legendary trombone player Rico Rodriguez, Sir Horace Panter (The Specials), Michie One and Paul Heskett (Swinging Cats) -- are real professionals. However on this "Love Filled Dub Band" set Pama Intl goes into too many musical directions to enjoy each and every track to the fullest.

The album kicks off with "Wherever You Lead", a strong Soul-fueled piece with a few dub effects thrown in, almost made us turn off our soundsystem. But we didn't because Rico Rodriguez was involved in the next track, "Lovely Wife", which could be good. And indeed it's a far better effort than the previous one, but somehow it reminds us of UB40, most likely because of the vocal delivery and its polished sound. The riddim of "Highrise" is adapted from Eric Donaldson's smash hit "Cherry Oh Baby". It's a great tune and also the first track of this album that keeps us involved till the very end.

Next drops a nice uptempo instrumental cut, "Organ Will Follow", which revives the days of the late great Jackie Mittoo. "Tomorrow's News Today" is a nice poppy tune, which fails to cause some real excitement. The same goes for the next two tracks, "Come As You Are" and "First Impression". Luckily there's "Throwaway Society", a powerful song worthwhile of hearing. Then the pace is slowed down for "Wonder Wonder", a great tune and definitely one of our favourite tracks. "Lovely Dub", the dub version of "Lovely Wife", fails to leave a serious impression. "The Race For Innerspace" is a very beautiful piece with lots of dub effects mixed in at the right places.

The Soul track "Be My Guest" causes the same feeling as the album opener, but now even stronger... So yes, we've turned off the soundsystem long before the end of the last track!