Horace Andy

Seek + You Will Find

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One of the most stunning reggae albums of the decade on either side of the Atlantic, Seek + You Will Find was recorded in England and superbly produced by Dennis "Mixman" Bedeau. Dipping into trip-hop, roots, and dancehall, Bedeau created a shimmering hybrid sound equally indebted to all three genres. The digitized, martial beats are pure dancehall, storming across the grooves. The songs themselves, all composed by Andy, are steeped in roots, all evocative minor-key melodies and chanted choruses that slowly spin round and round again. And although none of the numbers actually contain long, jammed passages, they still have that same trance-y quality about them. The entire album is deeply atmospheric, shaded between dread and ambience; it's apparent that some of Massive Attack's sound has had a subtle influence on Andy himself. Like the best trip-hop records, Seek sinuously slides by as a single piece of music for the first few plays. With time, the tracks begin to separate: "African Girl" is more upbeat, "Men + Men" and "None a Dem" more dancehall directed, "God Is Real" and "Know Yourself" heavier roots, "Stop the Fussing and Fighting" poppier, the title track sublime cultural toasting. Every single song is exceptional in its own way -- distinct, yet fitting into the fabric of the album as a whole. Andy's performance is absolutely riveting, evocative, emotive, and hypnotic in turn. One of the singer's masterpieces.

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