Merci

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Since picking up the stylistic torch laid down when Bob Marley died in 1981, Alpha Blondy has had a rather strange career, one marked by significant commercial success worldwide even as the Jamaican market has looked at him somewhat askance. With Merci, Blondy celebrates his 20th anniversary as an international reggae star by going into the studio to record for the first time in four years, and he sounds as strong as ever. There are no surprises here: He still specializes in an aggressively old-school approach to the music, his sound dominated by horns, female backing vocals, and real drums, guitar, and bass. His voice is nasal and piercing, but not unpleasantly so, and ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Since picking up the stylistic torch laid down when Bob Marley died in 1981, Alpha Blondy has had a rather strange career, one marked by significant commercial success worldwide even as the Jamaican market has looked at him somewhat askance. With Merci, Blondy celebrates his 20th anniversary as an international reggae star by going into the studio to record for the first time in four years, and he sounds as strong as ever. There are no surprises here: He still specializes in an aggressively old-school approach to the music, his sound dominated by horns, female backing vocals, and real drums, guitar, and bass. His voice is nasal and piercing, but not unpleasantly so, and he writes good melodies that are not quite enough to stick in the head permanently but are strong enough to hold your attention. As usual, his best lyrics are the French ones; on "Politruc" he offers the commonsense observation "Moi, j'ai peur des mitraillettes" "As for me, I'm afraid of machine guns", and he is joined by the excellent French toasters Saian Supa Crew on a strange but intriguing adaptation of the O'Jays' "For the Love of Money." Another fun but bizarre moment is his cover version of Free's "It's All Right," rendered here as "Hey Jack." The only misstep comes right at the end of the program, with the rather boring and superfluous "Le Feu." Highly recommended overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351455321
  • Catalog Number: 45053

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wari - Saian Supa Crew (4:50)
  2. 2 Who Are You (4:22)
  3. 3 Quitte Dans Ça (4:29)
  4. 4 Souroukou Logo (4:49)
  5. 5 God Bless Africa (4:38)
  6. 6 Zoukefiez Moi Ça - Bibi Dens (3:51)
  7. 7 Ato Afri Loué (4:29)
  8. 8 Politruc (4:04)
  9. 9 Hey Jack (4:06)
  10. 10 Vanité (4:18)
  11. 11 Si on M'Avait Dit (3:29)
  12. 12 Le Feu (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alpha Blondy Primary Artist, Vocals
Jacques Bolognesi Trombone
Alain Hatot Saxophone
Patrick Rondat Acoustic Guitar
Phillipe Slominski Trumpet
Julie Mourillon Guitar
Bibi Den's Vocals
Ophelie Winter Vocals
Samuel Vocals
Hakim Hamadouche Oud
Saian Supa Crew Vocals
Frédéric Moreau Violin
Technical Credits
Alpha Blondy Executive Producer, Adaptation
Hubert Salou Engineer
Boncana Maïga Arranger
Michel Lorentz Programming
Cedric Louis Engineer
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