Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

One
Roots Creation
Roots Creation
CD
April 27, 2014

Track list
  1. Emmanuel
  2. Not Crazy About Your Love
  3. Mighty Little People
  4. Times Of Excuses
  5. Man, Woman & Child
  6. Humanity
  7. Politicians
  8. Heat Upon Rome
  9. Change Your Ways
  10. Leave The Man Behind
  11. Never Read Africa
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Although Roots Creation didn't reach the BeneluXXL Reggae Contest Finals 2014, this Dutch roots reggae band made a decent impression with the two tracks they submitted from their aptly titled debut set "One" ("Times Of Excuses" and "Man, Woman & Child") and the video from a show they did as support act for Third World. In the end Roots Creation were ranked as 6th best of the 58 bands that participated, which indeed gives a good indication of the band's potential.

Roots Creation was founded in 2004 by a couple of friends with a passion for music, in particular roots reggae. The latter is also the main drive of the band members who are different in culture and background, but in their own way are irreplaceable when it comes to their contribution to the overall sound. After years of hard work they finally released their first full length album, recorded and mixed by themselves at Culture Farmer Sound, the farm where their studio is located.

Fronted by guitarist and lead vocalist Aron Tekle, the well tight Roots Creation makes a very solid impression throughout. Aron Tekle shows he's a strong vocalist and also the backing vocals are really nice. The band creates a rich roots rock reggae sound with great horns (trumpet & saxophone), which always adds something extra to the music. All riddims are originals and are driven by strong basslines. Each and every song is well structured and keeps you involved till the very end. Lyrically it's pure consciousness this band deals with and thus their songs are about peace, love, unity and the wrongs and rights in life.

The first song, "Emmanuel", and then the strong "Not Crazy About Your Love" with its echo-laden sound, make clear that any roots rock reggae fan will appreciate this collection of tunes to the fullest. And indeed, the songs go from strength to strength and are simply a joy to hear. On the first two roots pieces Aron Tekle sings with the voice of a righteous rastaman full of zeal and righteousness, and he continues to do so on the tracks that follow. "Time Of Excuses" is an outstanding tune and also "Man, Woman & Child" makes a serious impression. "Humanity" matches the previous two tracks, while "Politicians" is a decent efforts in its own right. Musically "Heat Upon Rome" surely doesn't disappoint, but lyrically it could have been better. "Change Your Ways" is a standout piece with a gorgeous saxophone part at the end. And although the slow paced "Leave The Man Behind" has a different vibe, it's a message tune truly worth hearing. The album is rounded off in great style with the solid "Never Read Africa".

Roots Creation have delivered a fully convincing debut album, so you can't go wrong with this "One".