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Payday

Payday

by Culture
     
 
You could accuse Culture of making the same album over and over again, and you'd be more right than wrong. But you'd also be missing the point. Remember, this is reggae: a style of music that places far more emphasis on depth of groove than on originality. Sure, it all sounds the same, but so do Bach cantatas; this doesn't make them any less

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You could accuse Culture of making the same album over and over again, and you'd be more right than wrong. But you'd also be missing the point. Remember, this is reggae: a style of music that places far more emphasis on depth of groove than on originality. Sure, it all sounds the same, but so do Bach cantatas; this doesn't make them any less great. That said, Culture albums do tend to sound even more similar than most reggae (only Burning Spear can boast a more, ah, consistent style), so Payday comes as something of a surprise. Produced by Clive Hunt instead of bandleader Joseph Hill, this album sounds slicker than the usual, and there are some moments of positively rockish intensity: "War in Sierra Leone" chugs along on a rockers beat straight out of middle-period Sly and Robbie, and the rather bizarre "Chicken Titty" feels more like soca than reggae. Yet even with aggressive drumming and occasional metal-inflected guitars, this is still an immediately recognizable Culture joint: The usual ganja anthems ("Legalization"), warnings to bourgeois Babylon ("Where the Tree Falls"), and populist pronouncements ("Payday," "Share the Riches") are couched in the usual catchy melodies and delivered in Hill's inimitable growl. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2000
Label:
Ras
UPC:
0021823325224
catalogNumber:
3252

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Performance Credits

Culture   Primary Artist
Pam Hall   Background Vocals
Wayne Arnold   Guitar
Glen Browne   Bass
Paul Davidson   Harmonica
Bobby Ellis   Horn
Egbert Evans   Flute
Everton Gayle   Horn
Harry T.   Percussion
Joseph Hill   Percussion
Nambo   Horn
Seyoum Net Fa   Melodica
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Andrew Simpson   Guitar
Barry Barley   Horn
Chico Green   Horn
Phanso   Drums
Piccolo   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Joseph Hill   Producer
Clive "Azul" Hunt   Producer
Rohan Dwyer   drum programming

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