Various Artists

Positively Reggae

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There are countless examples of the slackness seemingly inherent to Jamaican dancehall music, but there has also been a strong trend to reintroduce the conscious themes and mindsets of old roots reggae into the genre, leading to dancehall tracks that actually preach and practice good citizenship. That's the case with this sampler, which features a dozen songs touching on kids, school, and parenting, a collection that exhibits all the bluster of straight dancehall with a softer center. Highlights include "Respect" (based very, very loosely on the old Stax song) by Vicious, and Tony Rebel's "Teach the Children."

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