Burning Spear

Mistress Music

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Mistress Music is a somewhat later release from Burning Spear, a veteran of the roots reggae scene. This album has a good deal of the style that made him famous -- a blend of Rastafarian preaching with straight reggae. The vocals are occasionally drowned out to a degree by the synths, and the recording in general is somewhat dated by the overuse of synthesizers. The songs are often of a love song nature, with a spare Marcus Garvey-based love song thrown in ("Love Garvey"). The guitars could probably use a little more emphasis, and the synths a little less; nonetheless, the album is not bad overall. There are certainly other albums available in the genre (and for that matter, in Burning Spear's catalog) that could probably outdo this one in many respects, but that doesn't necessarily detract from Mistress Music. Pick it up if you're curious about the (somewhat) later work of Winston Rodney.

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