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Englishman [Bonus Tracks]

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Review

Whether due to his warm-hearted, almost androgynous vocals or to the simple fact that cynics resent any musician that records anything past 1979, perennial reggae icon Barrington Levy has never reached the sort of crossover Marley-dom that some of his peers enjoy. However, with such a striking piece of stress-free ability so early in his career, historical concerns like these should probably be abolished. Most of Englishman finds Levy in a supernaturally relaxed state of mind, vocalizing an alluring range of sentiment, intelligence, and ghetto patois that more than keep up with the eclectic production hands of Henry "Junjo" Lawes. "Bend Your Back" is pure dancehall geniality (with an affecting rhythm perhaps closer to American blues than anything else), "Look Girl" is disco-reggae merriment, and better still, "Sister Carol" is the kind of song that will quite possibly continue to break hearts forever. Some occasional lapses into failed modernization do put a crimp on things, but this is the sort of album that instantly befriends and immediately signals an important talent. In Levy's own words, this is nothing less than "sweet reggae music." [The 2007 Greensleeves edition adds bonus material including 12" mixes of "Sister Carol" and the title track.] ~ Dean Carlson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Englishman Barrington Levy 3:29
  3. 2 If You Give to Me Barrington Levy 3:59
  4. 3 Sister Carol Barrington Levy 3:54
  5. 4 Don't Fuss Nor Fight Barrington Levy 2:36
  6. 5 Look Girl Barrington Levy 3:13
  7. 6 Look Youthman Barrington Levy 3:12
  8. 7 Send a Moses Barrington Levy 3:33
  9. 8 Black Heart Man Barrington Levy 4:15
  10. 9 Money Makes Friends Barrington Levy 3:59
  11. 10 Bend Your Back Barrington Levy 3:23
  12. 11 Englishman 12" [12" Mix] Barrington Levy 6:52
  13. 12 The Daughter Them Ire Barrington Levy 5:26
  14. 13 Sister Carol 12" [12" Mix] Barrington Levy 6:22
  15. 14 Put Me Clarks On Barrington Levy 5:39

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