Strongg 0494

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Review Text 1994's STRONGG finds Black Uhuru--nearly alone among the great reggae artists of the '70s and '80s--still making artistically and commercially viable music in the mid-'90s. In the mid-'80s revolution heralded by the inescapable electronic novelty "Under Mi Sleng Teng," reggae quickly transformed itself into a synth and drum machine-based music which some felt lacked the depth and heaviness of '70s-style roots reggae.On albums like STRONGG, Black Uhuru are able to blend the two styles harmoniously, so that the synthesizers and sequencers meld with the horns--some of them electronically processed, giving the tracks a spacey, floaty feel--and booming bass under the vibrant harmonies of Don Carlos, Garth Dennis and band founder/mainstay Duckie Simpson. As always, Black Uhuru blend reggae, soul and pop into a combination that's accessible without sounding like a blatant attempt at crossover, and songs like the single "Brand New World" are as sweetly satisfying as anything they've done.

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Brand New World - 4:25
  2. 2. Strongg - 4:03
  3. 3. Eye of an Angel - 4:13
  4. 4. From Jump Street - 4:05
  5. 5. Reggae Song - 3:44
  6. 6. Spectrum - 4:25
  7. 7. Time Material and Space - 4:02
  8. 8. Genocide - 4:39
  9. 9. Big Bad Bully - 4:52
  10. 10. Yes I - 5:58
  11. 11. Conscience Calling - 4:47
  12. 12. I Pray - 4:04

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