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Black Uhuru 4/19/1994

Review

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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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Brand New World Black Uhuru 4:24
  3. 2 Strongg Black Uhuru 4:0
  4. 3 Eye of an Angel Black Uhuru 4:10
  5. 4 From Jump Street Black Uhuru 4:6
  6. 5 Reggae Song Black Uhuru 2:42
  7. 6 Spectrum Black Uhuru 4:21
  8. 7 Time Material and Space Black Uhuru 3:57
  9. 8 Genocide Black Uhuru 3:36
  10. 9 Big Bad Bully Black Uhuru 3:49
  11. 10 Yes I Black Uhuru 4:56
  12. 11 Conscience Calling Black Uhuru 3:43
  13. 12 I Pray Black Uhuru 4:1

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