Bunny Wailer

Just Be Nice

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1993's JUST BE NICE is not exactly a "new" Bunny Wailer album, but a collection of remixed older recordings from his late-'70s/early-'80s heyday interspersed with tracks recorded during the sessions for his post-comeback albums of the early '90s. Regardless, any album featuring Bunny's singularly expressive, dreamy voice and understated, powerful songwriting is of more than passing interest to any reggae fan, and JUST BE NICE is no exception.

Though tracks like "Electric Boogie" and "Electro Rap" are audibly influenced by the sort of electronic, drum machine-based dancehall reggae that gained in popularity during Bunny's mid-'80s retirement, they're still directly related to the powerful, bass-heavy throb with R&B-influenced harmonies that made the Wailers famous. The title track and "Family Affair"--not the Sly Stone song--are particular highlights, but overall, JUST BE NICE is a rare example of a roots reggae artist admirably taking on newer forms.

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