Stand Your Ground

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Stand Your Ground was the follow-up to South African pop band Juluka's first internationally distributed album, Scatterlings. It features the same original Afro-pop sound heard on the previous record, with lead singers Jimmy Clegg and Sipbo Mchunu singing in both English and Zulu over keyboard based '80s pop. For all its novelty, the Juluka sound varies little from song to song and begins to become a little tiresome by the end of the album. Hilton Rosenthal's production and Clegg's songwriting relies too much on a rather tinny synthesizer backing and a call-and-response format between Clegg and the African background singers. Their bag of tricks is somewhat limited, but it does yield some fine results. The opening "Kilimanjaro" has a particularly memorable hook, and "Work for All" is a rousing plea for equity in employment: "Papa sits alone in the kitchen/ Thirty years a mining man/ He still has to fight for the right to work/ Whether the times are good or bad." Recommended to anyone who enjoyed Scatterlings.