One Love, One Life

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Like rock singer Joe Cocker, reggae singer Beres Hammond is a captivating mix of soulful and dynamic, adding gravitas to the simplest of lyrics while keeping his earnestness in check with plenty of nostalgia for the simpler, happier, old days. That doesn't mean he's a back-to-the-earth Rasta, but a man who prefers "grown folks" lovers rock and the socially conscious material of crooners like Dennis Brown or Gregory Isaacs. With his voice in fine shape, his 2012 effort, One Love, One Life, looks to give each of his styles a bit more room, putting ten songs of love and romance on the One Love disc, and ten songs of social awareness on the disc dubbed One Life. If the set ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Like rock singer Joe Cocker, reggae singer Beres Hammond is a captivating mix of soulful and dynamic, adding gravitas to the simplest of lyrics while keeping his earnestness in check with plenty of nostalgia for the simpler, happier, old days. That doesn't mean he's a back-to-the-earth Rasta, but a man who prefers "grown folks" lovers rock and the socially conscious material of crooners like Dennis Brown or Gregory Isaacs. With his voice in fine shape, his 2012 effort, One Love, One Life, looks to give each of his styles a bit more room, putting ten songs of love and romance on the One Love disc, and ten songs of social awareness on the disc dubbed One Life. If the set were split in two, these would be two of the more valuable albums in the man's discography, with the songs of love placing only slightly higher. That's due to the clever songwriting of tracks like the ska-inspired, Freddie McGregor-like bouncer "Can't Waste No Time" and the humble "Lonely Fellow," where hunky Beres convincingly plays a lovelorn wallflower. With most of these cuts co-produced by Hammond himself, the production goes from smooth jazz cool ("No Candlelight") to punchy and dubby ("Crazy Dreams"), with the One Love side closer "The Song" being the one cut that's polished and pop. The One Life side offers the hot along with the cool as well, but takes more chances with the ecological and sociological issues of "Still Searching" swirling like a funk tornado inside the singer's head. Level-headed, old-school reggae tunes influence the sound of "Don't You Feel Like Dancing," a warm, comfortable highlight that revisits the idea of his hit "Rockaway," where nostalgia for sweeter music is really nostalgia for sweeter times. "Prime Time" is a light-hearted, Shaggy-styled swerve with plenty of studio tricks that come right out of the world of ragga, but the closer "I Humble Myself" is vintage and grand Beres as Strachan sister Samantha joins the ranks of powerhouse voices that have performed moving duets with the man. One Love, One Life may be a bit too big and conceptual for newcomers to consider, but fans should think it very necessary, and shuffle the two "sides" together whenever they crave an oversized and excellent Hammond experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645196420
  • Catalog Number: 1964
  • Sales rank: 42,585

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Waste No Time (5:00)
  2. 2 No Candle Light (4:11)
  3. 3 In My Arms (3:44)
  4. 4 Crazy Dream (4:23)
  5. 5 Lonely Fellow (4:06)
  6. 6 My Life (4:04)
  7. 7 Keep Me Warm (3:37)
  8. 8 More Time (4:32)
  9. 9 Shouldn't Be (4:19)
  10. 10 The Song (4:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Still Searching (3:51)
  2. 2 Don't You Feel Like Dancing (4:24)
  3. 3 One Love, One Life (4:02)
  4. 4 Can't Make Blood Outta Stone (3:17)
  5. 5 You Stand Alone (3:56)
  6. 6 Not Made Of Steel (4:15)
  7. 7 Family (4:11)
  8. 8 Truth Will Live On (4:56)
  9. 9 Prime Time (3:51)
  10. 10 I Humble Myself - Samantha Strachan (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beres Hammond Primary Artist, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Dalton Browne Guitar
Lloyd Denton Drums, Keyboards
Sly Dunbar Drums
Michael Fletcher Bass, Guitar, Drums
Dean Fraser Horn, Saxophone
Errol Graham Percussion
Alvin Haughton Percussion
Willie Lindo Guitar
Lloyd Parks Bass
Dwight Richards Trumpet
Style Scott Drums
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Handel Tucker Keyboards
Errol "Flabba" Holt Bass
Christopher Birch Keyboards
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Keyboards
Heather Cummings Background Vocals
Robert Browne Guitar
Cherine Anderson Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert Angus Guitar
Mitchum Chin Guitar
Shaun Darson Drums
Fabian Smith Keyboards
Robbie Lyn Bass, Keyboards
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis Bass
Kirk Bennett Drums
Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen Guitar
Trevor McKenzie Bass
Errol Hird Saxophone
Ivor "Willie" Lindo Guitar
Aeion Hoilett Bass
Samuel Grant Trumpet
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar Percussion, Drums
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin Keyboards
Ranoy Gordon Guitar
Franklyn "Bubbler" Waul Keyboards
Dorrett Wisdom Background Vocals
Samantha Strachan Background Vocals
Joshua Mannings Keyboards
Jimmy Peart Keyboards
Technical Credits
Beres Hammond Producer, Executive Producer
Michael Fletcher Producer
Michael Gayle Engineer
Donovan Germain Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York Producer, Engineer
Shane Brown Engineer
Paul Shields Mastering
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Greg Gigendad Burke Art Direction
Kevino "Bunu" Elliott Engineer
Devario Jones Engineer
K. Bennett Composer
Romel Marshall Engineer
M. Fletcher Composer
T. Evans Composer
Dwight Dias Engineer
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