No Guns To Town
Natty King
Insight Records
March 14, 2005

Track list

Disc 1.

  1. No Guns To Town
  2. When The Money Done
  3. Environmentalist
  4. Thunder A Roll featuring Sizzla
  5. The Way It Is featuring Trinity
  6. Please Stay
  7. Rainy Time
  8. Love Me
  9. Easy Officer
  10. Perfect Harmony
  11. Pray
  12. High High
  13. Fed Up
  14. Equality
  15. Survivor
  16. St. Thomas
  17. Equality (Semi Acoustic Version) featuring Earl 'Chinna' Smith
  18. Mister Greedy
  19. Cut Down The Price
Disc 2.

  1. Mr Greedy (video)
  2. No Guns To Town (video)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3 Production : 3 Sound quality : 3 Sleeve : 3
"For the greed of money, some lose their souls. Don't let money take control -- Greedy people would sell out their family and friends. When the money is done, when that money is gone,where are your friends? When that money is done, you won't see them again." ("When the Money Done")

Natty King's album features a duality of noise distortion, beautiful harmonies and spiritual energy. Its power lies in that contrast -- its agression and uplift.

Check out the opening tune, with a screaming high pitched tone searing through the mix. "No Guns To Town" is a high point of the album with its stark contrast of eerie noise and sweet, conventional reggae harmonies.

"Environmentalist" is a plaintive anti capitalist chant in favour of the elements, with Natty King sounding like a very capable and calming 70's soul singer : "They came with their industrial revoultion, a commercial exploitation to capitalise, then shake us with their greed," runs his reflective exhortation.

"Thunder A Roll" works its power with sheer booming dubwise dynamics -- weird swamp animal tones are cut up and spliced with Sizzla's chant. "Easy Officer" is a hammering late 80's style digital workout. "Pray" is a supplication, a plea for silent meditation and inward looking consciousness, reminiscent of the ONU Sound Little Roy album of the early 90's.

"Equality" -- an acoustic tune with melancholy chord changes from Chinna -- is a real surprise, sounding at points like Ben Harper.

This is one of the most appealing digital vocal albums of the last six months -- Natty King has a compelling and emotional vocal delivery which marks him out from the crowd.