Bunny Wailer

Gumption

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When Bunny Wailer entered the '90s with Gumption, it was evident that he had no intention of going out of his way to be contemporary. Some reggae veterans were incorporating heavy doses of hip-hop and dancehall in order to update their sounds; Wailer, however, was recording earthy albums that weren't much different from what he was doing with Bob Marley & the Wailers in the early '70s. Despite the use of high-tech keyboards and synthesizers, Wailer's production is characterized by its lack of slickness. Turning his attention to fine songs by greats like Marley ("Bus Dem Shut"), Johnny Osborne ("Warrior," "See and Blind") and Toots Hibbert ("Dog War," "Never Grow Old"), Wailer uses simplicity to great advantage. His consistency is a thing to admire.

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