Frankie Paul

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The veteran dancehall reggae artist combines familiar lovers rock subjects with more conscious topics on this collection, which, on cuts like his bubbling remake of the Manhattans' 1980 R&B hit "Shining Star," is packed with cheerfully chugging retro rhythms and not a drum machine in sight. "Let Go of the Bad Vibe" is a plea to gun-happy youth, "Ganjaman Anthem" hymns the delights of the illicit cash crop, and "Concrete Jungle" (not a remake of the Bob Marley song) takes a fresh look at inner city woes.

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