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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Reggae is not where one normally turns for innovation and originality. Notice the song titles on this Nasio Fontaine retrospective: "Crucial," "Africa We Love," "Jah Calling," "Jah Glory," "Rise Up," etc. Also notice that of all the many reggae singers currently jacking Bob Marley's vocal style, no one is doing so more consciously and explicitly than Fontaine: he's got Marley down cold, right down to the idiosyncratic diphthongs and the raspy little yodels at the ends of key phrases. Not everything about his recent albums has been Marleyesque, though. This collection's title track is much more soul-inflected than anything Marley ever recorded, and neither "She Lost Track"...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Reggae is not where one normally turns for innovation and originality. Notice the song titles on this Nasio Fontaine retrospective: "Crucial," "Africa We Love," "Jah Calling," "Jah Glory," "Rise Up," etc. Also notice that of all the many reggae singers currently jacking Bob Marley's vocal style, no one is doing so more consciously and explicitly than Fontaine: he's got Marley down cold, right down to the idiosyncratic diphthongs and the raspy little yodels at the ends of key phrases. Not everything about his recent albums has been Marleyesque, though. This collection's title track is much more soul-inflected than anything Marley ever recorded, and neither "She Lost Track" nor the lovely "When" is really a reggae song at all. (And if you listen closely, you'll hear pizzicato strings on "Crucial," which are certainly not something you hear in reggae every day.) Most importantly, about two-thirds of this album is pop music of the highest caliber, with hooks that bite deep and choruses that soar -- most notably on the swinging "African Spirit," the piously beautiful "Jah Calling," and the especially sharp "Living in the Positive," a track that Marley himself would have been proud of. When it comes right down to it, there are much more important things in pop music than originality -- and Nasio Fontaine demonstrates all of them. Excellent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Greensleeves
  • UPC: 601811820926
  • Catalog Number: 2009
  • Sales rank: 121,871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Living in the Positive (4:17)
  2. 2 Armed & Dangerous (4:04)
  3. 3 Rise Up (4:08)
  4. 4 Crucial (4:38)
  5. 5 Africa We Love (4:35)
  6. 6 Truth Will Reveal (4:01)
  7. 7 Jah Glory (4:00)
  8. 8 Justice (4:10)
  9. 9 She Lost Track (4:23)
  10. 10 When (4:29)
  11. 11 Jah Calling (4:35)
  12. 12 African Spirit (4:41)
  13. 13 Apple (5:15)
  14. 14 Bondage (4:11)
  15. 15 Wanna Go Home (7:31)
  16. 16 Live in Sierra Leone 2006
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nasio Fontaine Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Nyabinghi Drums
Kevin Bachelor Trumpet
Bunny Brissett Background Vocals
Ron Butler Guitar
Mark Feltham Harmonica
Clark Gayton Trombone
Graham Hawthorne Drums
Philip Henry Guitar
Skip McDonald Guitar
David Rhodes Guitar
Keith Sterling Keyboards
Fred Wells Guitar
Sylvester Scott Saxophone, Soloist
Bajja Jedd Background Vocals
Ged Lynch Percussion
Derrick Bourne Bass
Dean "Digital" Pond Drums
Leeba Hibbert Background Vocals
Peter Tulloch Bass
Neville Kelly Bass, Keyboards
Joe Sansaverino Guitar
Graeme Flowers Trumpet
Kaïssa Doumbé Background Vocals
Barnaby Dickinson Trombone
Keith Loftis Saxophone
Samuel Maxwell Keyboards, Background Vocals
Roosevelt "Digital" Paquette Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Norris Webb Keyboards
Dave O'Higgins Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kim Miller Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Marco Migliari Engineer
Nasio Fontaine Composer, Producer, Engineer
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