Born Dead with Life

Born Dead with Life

by Perfect
     
 
Greg Rose, who records under the humble moniker Perfect, hails from Jamaica but has made his second album for the Austrian label Irie Vibrations. The music is an interesting blend of elements and styles -- acoustic folk-rock, heavyweight roots reggae, dancehall, hip-hop. The lyrics are a more typical mix: militant

Overview

Greg Rose, who records under the humble moniker Perfect, hails from Jamaica but has made his second album for the Austrian label Irie Vibrations. The music is an interesting blend of elements and styles -- acoustic folk-rock, heavyweight roots reggae, dancehall, hip-hop. The lyrics are a more typical mix: militant Afrocentrism and anti-Babylonian tirades rub shoulders with more positive messages of social uplift and spiritual devotion. In terms of song quality, the album is something of a mixed bag: "This City" is built on an attractive one-beat rhythm with prominent clavinet, but somehow it never quite gets off the ground; "30 Pieces" is a rather pedestrian call for slavery reparations; and "Smile," a duet with the sweet-voiced Empress, wanders around aimlessly but does so quite prettily. On the other hand, "Journey" is a brilliant and almost funky combination track with Chezidek, and "Rasta Dubplate" brings (as its title would suggest) a dubwise feeling to the proceedings with overdubbed layers of vocals and a minimalist one-drop beat. There's even a ska track, the galloping "Unlock." The album's weakest entry is the title track, which is badly sung and feels half-written. Not bad overall, but not essential.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Irievibrations
UPC:
0673790024404
catalogNumber:
18

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Perfect   Primary Artist
Ride   Rhythm
Dean Fraser   Horn
Owen Reynolds   Bass
Carl Robinson   Drums
Maria Smith   Background Vocals
Unforgiven   Rhythm
Sharpe Sherida   Background Vocals
Turbulence   Guest Appearance
Seeds   Rhythm
Dieter Stemmer   Piano,Strings,fender rhodes
Connie Campbell   Background Vocals
Greg Rose   Background Vocals
WTC   Rhythm
World Cry   Rhythm
Work Off   Rhythm
Syrix   Percussion,Keyboards
Jeffery Star   Background Vocals
Lorenz Spritzendorfer   Saxophone
Sista Vee   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dieter Stemmer   Composer
Greg Rose   Executive Producer
Syrix   Producer,beats

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