Three In One
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Since their emergence in the second half of the nineties the five-piece family group Morgan Heritage have consistently shown themselves to be one of reggae's most compelling acts on record and stage. Besides having performed on the big reggae festivals in Jamaica and abroad, they have also shared the stage with pop stars such as Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash and Sugar Ray. Furthermore the Morgan Heritage stage show has blessed international important festivals including Pinkpop and the Vans Warped tour 2001 and 2002, the latter bringing them in front of a punkrock oriented audience which enabled them to close the gap between the rebellious spirit of punkrock and reggae's equally passionate message for social and political change. During this tour Morgan Heritage met the rock group Good Charlotte and they became friends.|
So it doesn't come as a big surprise that "Jump Around", the first track from Morgan Heritage's brandnew studio album "Three In One", features guest performances from members of Good Charlotte. Unashamedly aimed at the international charts this track comes with a strong funky groove and feel good vibe. Many will admit that reggae music is quite restricted in its musical boundaries, but "Jump Around" (and its remix version) is a prime example of the fact that Morgan Heritage often sneaks around this limitation by sticking firmly to the reggae style, but also incorporating various flavors and influences within the reggae grooves. Maybe not among the highlights for the pure reggae fan, but undeniably a tune with crossover hit potential. In between we're treated to alot of great modern reggae tunes coming across mostly fresh originals ranging from "one drop" to "ska" riddims. "Three In One" reunites the group with ace producer Bobby "Digital" Dixon, but in contrast to "Protect Us Jah" and "Don't Haffi Dread" this album makes more of a social embrace than a spiritual one. Most notable examples of their roots reggae social consciousness are found on standout tracks such as "A Man Is Still A Man", "Judge Not", "Everything Is Still Everything" and "Anti-War Song (Someone Knows)", the latter a moving ballad that rings especially true in these troubled times. Although not in the forefront the spirituality is still there as can be witnessed on tunes like for example the wicked combination with Junior Kelly "Ah Who Dem", the solid The Truth and "Works To Do (Pt. 1)". Furthermore worth of checking are the awesome "Rebel", the wonderful "A Man In Love" and the great "Falling Race".
All in all "Three In One" is an excellent Morgan Heritage album that offers a variety of styles without ever losing sight of authentic reggae roots and fully showcases the group's gift for lyrics, melodies and arrangements. A-class modern reggae music!!