Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Take A Look
Martin Campbell
Log On
LP (Limited Edition)
August 19, 2005

Track list
SIDE ONE

  1. Crazy Circus
  2. No More War
  3. The Clock
  4. Sheep and Lambs
  5. Love Has Left The Land
SIDE TWO

  1. Hard Living
  2. No Warrior
  3. Tears Form
  4. Give The Poor Man A Try
  5. Across The Sea
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 3 Production : 3 Sound quality : 3 Sleeve : n/a
The somewhat elusive Martin Campbell returns with another fine, memorable selection of contemplative music -- And a welcome return it is.

Campbell's music fits into the roots tradition of sufferers' reflective music, lyrically focussing on pertinent themes : the getting of wisdom and insight, impermanence and the transitory nature of this world, the mortality of this physical form.

Musically, it is strictly roots, with some heavy rhythms -- but the primary focus here is on Campbell's poetic narratives. Anyone who loved his "Why Do The Wicked Rule" 45 with its sound very influenced by Cornell Campbell's "Jah Me No Born Yah", is going to enjoy this selection.

This album is also in a similar style to his "Everywhere I Walk In This Land" 45, with its lyric of detachment from the worldly.

Top tracks are "No More War" and "Crazy Circus" with their ethereal vocal styles. Message music, with some inspired Chinna Smith style guitar moods.

This is recommended for those of you who seek depth -- but perhaps tire of hard digi steppers and are looking for strong and reflective vocal melodies and lyrics that eschew material preoccupation. As always, Martin Campbell's music is strictly on the side of the struggler and those who have to make an effort to forward their lives, those to whom nothing comes easy -- As Dennis Brown sang, Give a helping hand oh Jah.