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Open Rebuke
     

Open Rebuke

by Jack Radics
 
One of the more intriguing vocalists to emerge from the '80s dancehalls, Jack Radics initially established his reputation with lovers numbers but, once the scene shifted, he proved equally adept at penning potent cultural material. Open Rebuke is arguably the apex of his work, at least on album, and takes its title from the Proverbs verse that open rebuke is

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One of the more intriguing vocalists to emerge from the '80s dancehalls, Jack Radics initially established his reputation with lovers numbers but, once the scene shifted, he proved equally adept at penning potent cultural material. Open Rebuke is arguably the apex of his work, at least on album, and takes its title from the Proverbs verse that open rebuke is better than a secret love. Radics' reading is literal, and thus he eschews relationships altogether, while a number of songs are precisely what the title suggests. Naturally, this includes the title track itself, on which he adamantly declares, "It is my business as your brethren to show you if you're going astray," and he proceeds to do just that. "Live Fast, Die Young" is intended as a word of warning, but so anthemic is the chorus that the young gunslingers inevitably chose to hear it as a glorification of their culture. "Step 'Cross the Border" and "Purify" are lessons in righteousness, while other songs are devotional offerings, with David's paean to Solomon's reign and God's glories brought to musical life on "Psalm 72." Two of the most inspired songs, "Let My People Go" and "Puppet Master at Play," pair Radics with Kulcha Knox and Yami Bolo, respectively. On the former, the singer recounts the children of Israel's enslavement in Egypt, while the DJ's rapid-fire rap moves the song into the present day and personal sphere. "Puppet" is an equally impassioned cry against injustice, but musically moves out of the dancehalls and into a smoky, brooding blues environment, with a rhythm seemingly inspired by "Town Without Pity." Although recorded at a number of Jamaican studios, Open Rebuke producer Richard Bell creates a sharply coherent whole. The album boasts phenomenal rhythms from the likes of Sly & Robbie, Mafia & Fluxy, and the Firehouse Crew; Chico Chin, Dean Fraser, and Dave Madden's horns steam up the songs; and Sharon Forrester and Pam Hall are among the sumptuous backing singers. This is culture at its best from one of Jamaica's most unique vocalists.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/1994
Label:
Heartbeat Records
UPC:
0011661766822

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Performance Credits

Jack Radics   Primary Artist,Vocals
Sharon Forrester   Background Vocals
Yami Bolo   Track Performer
Pam Hall   Background Vocals
Andrew Campbell   Background Vocals
Dean Fraser   Horn
Derrick Lara   Background Vocals
Jennifer Lara   Background Vocals
David Madden   Horn
Glen Ricks   Background Vocals
Sen C-Joy   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sharon Forrester   Contributor
Pam Hall   Contributor
R. Bell   Producer
Andrew Campbell   Contributor
Chico Chin   Contributor
Paul Crosdale   Contributor
Culture Lee   Engineer
Sly Dunbar   Contributor
Danny Firehouse   Contributor
Dean Fraser   Contributor
Tony Green   Contributor
Derrick Lara   Contributor
Jennifer Lara   Contributor
David Madden   Contributor
Mafia & Fluxy   Contributor
Paul Weller   Contributor
Glen Ricks   Contributor
Mikey Riley   Engineer
Rohan   Engineer
Jason   Engineer

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