Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Capital Letters - Wolverhampton
Offering serious social and political commentary interspersed with lighter themes, the album draws on all of the elements that make reggae such a beloved genre. The vocals are warm and expressive, and the rock solid rhythms and memorable melodies are adorned with brass and keyboards. Perhaps an ancillary benefit of the maturity of the players, there is a palpable sense of playfulness to the music. Moreover, The production is superb, and this may be one of the most consistently high quality reggae recordings you have heard in a while. If for some reason you only are going to buy one classic reggae album this year, here it is and it is only March.
I've included a few of my favorites here, but if you are a 'try before you buy' music fan, hit the Bandcamp link below and stream the entire album.
And as a special treat, here is a video of a rehearsal of the lead track, "Jah Music" --
The songs on Wolverhampton were written by G. Brown Jnr. and Lukas Daley, who also are the lead vocalists. Daley also played guitar, and Brown played bass. Joseph Sullivan played lead guitar, Vincent Pryce and Matthew Graham played keys. Drums were hit by Dennis Watson. Additional percussion was provided by Colin Palmer and James Archer. Kadeem played the horns. Backing vocals were contributed by Tasheka Coe, Steve Ital, and Yvonne James.
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