Horace Andy

Mek It Bun

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An interesting album from one of the ageless legends of the reggae scene. Here, Horace Andy provides some of his usual emotive vocals over the top of some bass-thumping reggae grooves. Production comes mainly from Guillame Briard, but there are tracks produced by Sly & Robbie, as well as Godwin Logie (known mainly for his work with the British punk/ska/reggae revolution with the Clash/the Police). The delivery is always relatively constant, with a light vocal technique taken to deliver lyrics with a little extra power at the more emotional parts. Andy's signature wavering is ever-present, as he works through song after song of original material. The interesting parts, though, are where his delivery is applied to covers of others' songs. America's "Horse With No Name" is the main example of this, but there is also a stray Gregory Isaacs song with an electronic twist hidden in "Night Nurse." Also interesting is the application of Andy's delivery to some ska, as Skatalites legend Dizzy Johnny Moore provides trumpet playing and arrangement on "Dancing Shoes." This is a relatively varied album, and is probably worth a listen for those who haven't heard more than Bob Marley in the classic reggae genres.

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