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Mission in Progress
     

Mission in Progress

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by Morgan Heritage
 

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When Morgan Heritage declares their music "reggae music with an edge," they're not talking aggressive dancehall. Instead, they're speaking of reggae music that's as slick and smooth as the times allow but with lyrics that are uncompromising and filled with the bitterness and despair they've experienced while living in Jamaica. On this,

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When Morgan Heritage declares their music "reggae music with an edge," they're not talking aggressive dancehall. Instead, they're speaking of reggae music that's as slick and smooth as the times allow but with lyrics that are uncompromising and filled with the bitterness and despair they've experienced while living in Jamaica. On this, their tenth album, it's the land of "Nothing to Smile About." The song of the same name features a scenario where a tourist is pulled out of his all-inclusive world and shown the more desolate side of the island. Not the kind of thing the Jamaican tourist board might endorse, and few of the tracks are, but Morgan Heritage have long used the Marley technique and coated their bitter pills in a sweet sound. It's an approach perfectly executed on "Politician" which offers the much more global sentiment "Why should we vote in their elections?/When then there is no place for we/You and me/In their secret society?" Hope is given on "Love You Right" which drops the politics in favor of pillow talk romance, plus the sunshine bright "Raid Rootz Dance," a soulful rebel number that could have fallen off Stevie Wonder's Talking Book. This band, made up of the sons and daughters of reggae singer Denroy Morgan, are often accused of a shameless crossover mentality, but all of the album's R&B moments feel genuine. Plus the bits of hip-hop work better than expected, especially when rapper Mr. Mojo spits a little comic relief with "I'm a Major Payne like Damon Wayans." While there's little here for the staunch reggae traditionalist -- this is, after all, Rootz with "z" -- Mission in Progress has plenty to offer Damien or Stephen Marley fans or anyone who believes climbing the charts and uplifting the people are not mutually exclusive endeavors.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2008
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645177924
catalogNumber:
1779
Rank:
146404

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Morgan Heritage   Primary Artist
Dalton Browne   Guitar
Chico Chin   Horn
Ian Coleman   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Michael Fletcher   Bass
Dean Fraser   Horn
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Bongo Herman   Percussion
Melbourne Miller   Drums
Peter Morgan   Vocals,Background Vocals,Rap
Nambo Robinson   Horn
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Clifford Branch   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Paul Crossdale   Keyboards
Robert Browne   Guitar
Stephen McGregor   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Andrew Simpson   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
Morgan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Shaun Darson   Drums
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis   Bass,Keyboards
Hopeton Hibbert   Bass
Alessandro Sorisini   Drums
Kemar McGregor   Drums
Chanda McKnight   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown   Drums,Keyboards
Aeion Hoilett   Bass
Lukes Morgan   Rhythm Guitar
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bobby Dixon   Engineer
Philip Linton   Producer
Shane Brown   Producer,Engineer
Leroy Champaign   Art Direction
Mickie Koos   Producer
Mikey Steer   Producer
Roland McDermott   Engineer
Stephen McGregor   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Randy Chin   Executive Producer
Andrew Simpson   Producer,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Kemar McGregor   Producer,Engineer
Katrina "DJ Sunshine" Irons   Producer
Everton Hardware   Producer

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Mission in Progress 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MORGAN HERITAGE produces the goods once again. This talented family of musicians is arguably the best reggae band today. MISSION IN PROGRESS hits you with incisive lyrics of social commentary on life for the downtrodden largely in Jamaica. 'Yute Dem Share' is a typical example. Throughout the CD, the musicianship is tight, polished yet at the same time creative. Over the years, Morgan Heritage has simply got better and better. They have always been a strong unit vocally but they sound more accomplished on this set. The musical 'edge' of Mission In Progress will please existing Morgan Heritage fans and open the doors to new ones. Heritage's reworking of Steel Pulse's 'Raid Rootz Dance' stands out as a classic. For me, this is the best roots rocking reggae CD by a reggae band for 2008 so far. Give yourself a treat and take a listen - you may just agree with me.