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Granny Review

by Andrew Hamilton

This is rootsy reggae with no pretense of commercialism. The songs here have English titles, but the lyrics are sung in a language common to Jamaicans. Granny is too hardcore for casual or new reggae fans, and the choppy rhythms become nerve-wracking and numbing after a few tracks. "Girls Calling" is the only song with anything resembling a lilt. A reasonably funky "Tek Weh Di Crowning" is accessible, and the humorous "Granny Granny Cry" invokes chuckles despite the unfamiliar words, but this isn't everyone's cup of tea.

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