The Genesis
Bootcamp Records
Digital Release
October 30, 2012

The Genesis - Pentateuch Track list
  1. Going Home
  2. Black Face
  3. Change
  4. Struggles Of Africa
  5. Kingston
  6. Lazy Bones
  7. Cancer Survivor
  8. Unwritten
  9. Armageddon Time
  10. Time Bomb
  11. Will You Be There
  12. Dangerous
  13. Changed Girl
  14. Nothing But Love
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Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Older reggae fans will fondly remember the glorious days of Jamaican self-contained bands like Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Gladiators, Toots & The Maytals, Inner Circle, Twinkle Brothers, and Third World. Technical developments, the most significant being the computerization of the music with Wayne Smith's crucial single "Under Mi Sleng Teng" completely turning Jamaican music around in the mid-80s, made that there weren't founded that many self-contained bands anymore.

In recent years we have witnessed the emergence of a number of new bands including Rootz Underground, Dub Tonic Cru, The Uprising Roots, Raging Fyah, and the Pentateuch (pronounced Penta-Tooosh). The latter, a spiritually conscious, young and talented group consisting of Kevor "Vor" Williams on lead vocals, Brady "Jah Bradez" Robinson on drums, Andrew "Worm" Ayre on bass, Andrade "Drade" Bowen on keyboards and Garth "Duckie" Forester on guitar, was formed in 2009 at the Edna Manley College of the Performing Arts where they were all enrolled as students. Since their debut at the "Bands Incorporated" event, Pentateuch has built a strong underground following.

Their first single "Black Face" (also included on the band's debut album) got overwhelming response and attracted the attention of renown producer Paul "Computer Paul" Henton whose production skills have graced Jimmy Cliff's crossover hit "I Can See Clearly Now" and many others. He took the band under his wings and started to work with them in the studio, which led to the release of their first full length album entitled "The Genesis". The listener is treated to 14 immaculately produced tunes, delivered with sublime vocals over well arranged, fresh sounding riddims.

From beginning to end it's consciousness all over, touching themes such as the Motherland, environmental pollution, the economic crisis, religion, deadly diseases, and love. Highlights are the album opener "Going Home", a song that deals with returning to Mama Africa, the compelling "Black Face", "Struggles Of Africa", delivered in a style reminiscent of Burning Spear, the Black Uhuru-esque "Kingston", the moving "Cancer Survivor", the roots anthem "Armageddon Time", and the beautiful "Changed Girl".

The quality of the music on "The Genesis" ranges from solid to excellent, making this sophisticated album a treat for any roots reggae fan.