Friday, August 6, 2010

Horace Andy - Serious Times

The new Horace Andy album 'Serious Times' sees him return with a 14 track album (the 15th being a dub) of all new songs on all new riddims that have been composed and produced by Andreas 'Brotherman' Christophersen the much respected producer who has also worked with artists like Luciano, Anthony B, Sizzla, Capleton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Junior Kelly, Cocoa Tea and many more. All these new cuts see him return to his roots, the roots that are also the roots of reggae music and with the help of some veteran roots musicians like Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace (drums), Dean Fraser (saxophone), Nambo Robinson (trombone) and Bongo Herman, Sticky Uziah Thompson and Sky Juice (percussion), they have come up with a finished product that has that authentic and natural sound of early days, golden times roots reggae.
The passing years since Horace first started recording back in the late ‘60’s don’t appear to have tarnished his unique vibrato voice, that despite its frail feel is as still as strong as ever, if that makes sense! This is a very strong set from one of reggaes legends with no real skip button reaching weaknesses. Stand out tracks for me are "False Witness", "Cool It Down", "Trodding" (which was featured on the Bodo Riddim album), "Rumours of War" and "That Light".
A fine album from one of reggaes finest performers.

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