Andrew Tosh

Original Man

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While they seldom blunder or even do anything questionable, Heartbeat's decision to update Andrew Tosh's Tomato album Original Man is mystifying. Instead of re-releasing the old album in remastered form, they've totally remixed the tracks, putting Tosh's voice into a new musical situation with a dancehall sound that doesn't fit the lyrics. In addition, there are eight new dub tracks for an album that wasn't that scintillating the first time out. A couple of the dubs have good production, but this really isn't very moving or interesting. While Tosh tries hard, and the song "Poverty Is a Crime" is a strong one, there isn't enough on the album to merit this deluxe repackaging and remixing job.

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