On SAMBA REGGAE, Jimmy Cliff adds samba and other Caribbean rhythms to his reggae stew. He still favors the lush production, synthesized percussion, and smooth sound of his other recordings from the '80s. Cliff continues to be a voice of optimism. On such songs as "Oneness," "I'm a Winner," and "Shout for Freedom," he extols the virtues of freedom, unity, and peace. "Haunted" and "Roll on Rolling Stone" get down to a more traditional reggae groove, with a more stripped-down sound that really emphasizes the golden, expressive voice of Mr. Cliff. "True Story" sounds the most like the Jimmy Cliff of old, as he declaims against greed and oppression over a simple, minor-key melody. "Baby Let Me Feel It" is a lilting love/lust number that shows just how infectious a simple reggae song can be. On "Stepping Out of Limbo," Cliff revisits his classic "Sitting in Limbo" from THE HARDER THEY COME, adding a samba feel and new lyrics declaring that the struggle for justice continues unabated.
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