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Parables
     

Parables

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by Tarrus Riley
 

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Tarrus Riley's contemporized roots reggae comes with a pedigree: his father is the Jamaican singer Jimmy Riley, best known for his early-'80s album Love and Devotion and its classy cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." The younger Riley stays close to the themes of Rasta, righteousness and romanticism

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Tarrus Riley's contemporized roots reggae comes with a pedigree: his father is the Jamaican singer Jimmy Riley, best known for his early-'80s album Love and Devotion and its classy cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." The younger Riley stays close to the themes of Rasta, righteousness and romanticism on this likable set, but he's young and worldly enough to go beyond the clichés, both musical and lyrical. The songwriting on Parables is tightly constructed, melodic, smart and accessible, and while the themes are familiar, Riley is willing to inject some pop gloss into his music, avoiding the sanctimoniousness that often drives away non-devotees of hardcore reggae. He doesn't overdo it with the Rasta rhetoric, and although there are more than a few direct references to Bob Marley lyrics in Riley's own, he never gives the impression that he's following in anyone's footsteps. Like most Rasta artists, Riley does rail against Babylon, but then in "Micro Chip," he cautions just as vehemently against worshipping technology, particularly the computer (wonder if he considers the machines in the recording studio technology?). But some of the most satisfying material on Parables has nothing to do with theology or injustice but rather with the heart: Riley's cover of "Stay with You," made famous by John Legend, and Riley's own "Something Strong" are unabashed paeans to romantic love (although the latter may be the first love song to include the word "parasites"), and the title track brilliantly draws lines between classic morality tales of yore and life in the 21st century. Riley's voice is a strong and likable one, equally comfortable within the spiritual and the secular, and he knows where to go for help, too: the ubiquitous Sly & Robbie are among the ace musicians contributing to the album, hitmaker Dean Fraser produces, and the legendary Tuff Gong Studios is one of the venues at which Riley laid down tracks. A voice to carry reggae ahead, for sure.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645233422
catalogNumber:
2334
Rank:
60909

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Performance Credits

Tarrus Riley   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Glen Browne   Bass,Guitar
Chico Chin   Horn
Mark Clark   Drums
Mark Dawson   Drums
Donald Dennis   Bass
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Michael Fletcher   Bass
Dean Fraser   Percussion,Horn,Saxophone
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Desi Jones   Drums
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Melbourne Miller   Drums
Dwight Richards   Horn
Nambo Robinson   Trombone,Horn
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Chris Meridith   Bass
Nikki Burt   Background Vocals
Ryan Webb   Organ,Keyboards
Rochell Bradshaw   Background Vocals
Chris Frazer Smith   Background Vocals
Gibby Morrison   Guitar
John Williams   Violin
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Organ,Keyboards
Kirk Bennett   Drums
Althea Layne Hamilton   Background Vocals
Errol Hird   Horn
Carol McLaughlin   Keyboards
Randevon Patrick   Drums
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory   Guitar
Conradine Campbell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dean Fraser   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
ONeil Smith   Engineer
Superintendent Gladstone Wright   Producer

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Parables 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is nice to have someone new doing Reggae. I loved She's Royal and Family. Pick up the Pieces is a nice tribute to the many people that have been affected by natural disasters in recent years.