Artist: Michael Rose
Label: M Records/Twilight Circus
Reviewer: M. Patton. "General MP"
One thing about Michael Rose’s signature and clearly recognizable voice is that it remains as powerful and direct as ever. I have grown up listening to Michael Rose since his time as the lead singer of Black Uhuru to the beginning of his successful solo career.
I have enjoyed the progression of this Rastaman’s musical journey, and his latest release is an outstanding collection of some of Michael’s finest work. If you think I am exaggerating, have yourself a listen, and I’m sure you’ll agree this is a worthy production of Rastafari inspired music.
The musicians add a dimension and depth which is undoubtedly what makes this album one of the must haves of a complete Rose collection. Sly Dunbar, Dean Frazer, Skully, Nambo, Chinna Smith, David Madden, Bowie McLachlan, Daryl Thompson, Wally Badarou, are all masterful in their support of one of Reggae’s “Longtime” celebrated singers.
Songs like "Warrior (track1)", and “Freedom” set the tone as Michael belts out his trademark sound, you can’t help but sing along as Jah spirit is within the music. The song “Zion” is probably the most rootsy song on the album. “by the rivers of Babylon, we must trample dragon.” You know the dragon a go feel weak when Michael sings!
In the song “Them A Look” he sings about how “Babylon a laugh when the poor man a bawl” You hearing this politricksters? Truth and rights forever! The next song is probably the heaviest song on the album, “Dangerzone” describes what life is like inna di ghetto today, an everyday. “Stop the killing” Michael pleads to the rude boys of Dungle, western Kingston, Flankers, and Spanish Town. “Now you turn it into murder zone”
The last two songs “A little Bit More”( w/ a Binghi riddim), and “Nature” are solid tracks. Again the players of instrument, lend some amazing percussions, drums, bass, sax, trumpet, guitar and keys, added with Michael’s vocals to create one of the best albums in Rose’s long solo career.