Dubsound & Power

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The dubwise companion to Christafari's powerful Word Sound & Power album is quite good, but most aficionados of dub may find it just a bit lackluster. Both the credit for its generally high sonic quality and the blame for its lack of inspiration can be laid at the feet of engineer Jim Fox, a true friend of modern roots reggae who has produced fine albums by Israel Vibration, Big Mountain, the Melodians, and many others, but whose dub treatments tend to sound a bit sterile. Despite some laudably creative gestures here on tracks like "Dub Inna de Night" and the bass-heavy "Render Your Dub," the overall sound would have benefited from a little bit of roughening around the edges. Recommended primarily to those who loved Word Sound & Power; those who are just looking for a good dub album would do better to start with some vintage King Tubby or Augustus Pablo.

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