Nori Nori

Nori Nori

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Devin Marsh's sensitive, but compelling vocals along with the draping horn work hooks the listener immediately. The 11 tracks are almost equally divided between love songs and sociopolitical numbers. "Insanity," "Jah Say," the beautiful "Save the Children," and "Prevail," all seek to right social injustices without bludgeoning you senseless. "Every Time I See Her" is an infectious love infatuation that's suitable for all ages. As potent, but slower, is the lovely "Star Light Star Bright" which is reminiscent of Sunny & the Sunliners, the great, underrated Tex-Mex soul band. Backing vocals by Jon Williams, Felicia Branch, and Nicky Yarling sparkle like polished crystal throughout. "Swing Your Ting," is an instructional ditty from the movie Golfballs. The players are Marsh (vocals, keys), Tony Tomlinson (bass), Ralph Hunter (drums and percussions), Clarence Charles (guitar), and a horn section consisting of Ed Calle (saxophone), Jim Hacker (trumpet), and Jon Hutchison (trombone). Marsh wrote everything but "Jah Sah," and "Save the Children," a Tony Tomlinson composition. Producers, Greg Schwab and Marsh have done a solid job with this release.

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