The Way It Is
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4|
South African Lucky Dube developped from a Peter Tosh klone into a mature artist. His first album 'Rasta Never Die' (1985) was banned by the South African government. In the late 80s he released strong albums such as 'Slave" and 'Together As One'. In 1991 he gained international recognition by performing in Jamaica's Reggae Sunsplash festival. Although his style goes back to the 'one drop' period, he has become Africa's most succesful reggae artist. His latest outing, the self produced The Way It Is is a ten track cd filled with songs of social commentary, righteousness and hope. Musically this album doesn't differ from his preceding sets : a firm one drop beat, distinctive arrangements and a strong vocal delivery.|
The album high points are the anthemic Man In The City with strong lyrics telling about mankind and enviroment "..two thousand years ago, this was home, but now it is a different jungle, a concrete jungle..", You Stand Alone dealing with truths and rights, the joyful Let The Band Play On, the title track The Way It Is in which he sings of social relationships "..be good to the people on your way up the ladder, 'cause you'll need them on your way down..' and Till You Lose It All which features a sublime string intro.