Jimmy Cliff

Humanitarian

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This generic slab of island pop, five years coming from Cliff, plays more like a prime-time advertisement for a Jamaican getaway than a genuine dose of reggae stylism from the genre vet. Infused with pretty world sounds and mannered singing, Humanitarian succeeds only when it sticks firmly to its roots. This means that the "CD bonus tracks" covers of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and "You've Got a Friend" are pretty close to being the most shameless representations of reggae to ever be released under the banner. Marley is rolling in his grave as Cliff joyfully exclaims, "Welcome to my commercial paradise, mon!"

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