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From August Town

From August Town

by Duane Stephenson
     
 
The violent and senseless death of South African reggae star Lucky Dubé in late 2007 was not only a horrible tragedy for his family and friends; it also left a hole in the reggae firmament where once there had been a soaringly beautiful voice with a perfect (if rather repetitious) sense of pop hooks. Duane Stephenson doesn't fill that

Overview

The violent and senseless death of South African reggae star Lucky Dubé in late 2007 was not only a horrible tragedy for his family and friends; it also left a hole in the reggae firmament where once there had been a soaringly beautiful voice with a perfect (if rather repetitious) sense of pop hooks. Duane Stephenson doesn't fill that hole perfectly, nor would listeners want him to, but his singing does provide some of the same cathartic rush that Dubé's did, and on his solo debut (his first album since leaving his post as lead singer for To-Isis) he brings a variety of stylistic influences to bear on what amounts to a really rather unique take on modern roots reggae. His debt to Dubé is most clearly evident on "Misty Morning," "August Town," and the lovely "Heaven Will Rise Up." But on "Ghetto Pain" and several other tracks, the combination of rockish guitars and reggae rhythms makes for a fresh sound, and every once in a while he departs from reggae entirely, as on the explicitly soul-derived "Exhale" and the R&B exercise "I Don't Need Your Love" (neither of which is that great, frankly). There are a few other clunkers, including the plodding rockers exercise "Love inna di City," which neither Anthony B. nor Mystic Routes is able to energize. But the nice thing about a program this lengthy is that only about half of it needs to be great in order for it to offer good value for the money -- and more than half of this disc is great.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645234726
catalogNumber:
2347
Rank:
99250

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duane Stephenson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Williams [composer]   Violin
Glen Browne   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Michael Fletcher   Organ,Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Dean Fraser   Horn,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Wayne Hammond   Guitar
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Bass Guitar
Christopher Birch   Organ,Horn,Keyboards
Nikki Burt   Background Vocals
Rochell Bradshaw   Background Vocals
Chris Smith   Background Vocals
John Williams   Violin
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Keyboards
Kirk Bennett   Drums
Althea Layne Hamilton   Background Vocals
Carol McLaughlin   Organ,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Aeion Hoilett   Bass,Bass Guitar
Glene Browne   Bass Guitar
Davol Fletcher   Bass Guitar
Carrol Dexter   Background Vocals
Shenda Sharpe   Background Vocals
Ras Ites   Drums
Alvin Haugton   Percussion
Mark Dauson   Drums
Shaun Stewart   Drums
Karell Wisdom   Background Vocals
Sherida Sharpe   Background Vocals
Randevon Patrick   Drums
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar   Drums

Technical Credits

Dean Fraser   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Ronnie Dividson   Art Direction
ONeil Smith   Engineer

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