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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Throughout his career Bushman has maintained a solid commitment to cultural themes, and although his recorded work has some dancehall elements, he has avoided the slackness often prevalent in the genre, favoring a pop-inflected roots approach. When everything is working, like it does for most of his first album, 1997's Nyah Man Chant, Bushman's sincere Rasta-derived message of hope and change has a strong international appeal, a bit like a Bob Marley or a Peter Tosh for the 21st century. When things don't work, Bushman's music can appear obvious and clichéd. Signs, his fifth album, is somewhat of a mixed affair, with wonderfully poppy songs of great depth "Creatures of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Throughout his career Bushman has maintained a solid commitment to cultural themes, and although his recorded work has some dancehall elements, he has avoided the slackness often prevalent in the genre, favoring a pop-inflected roots approach. When everything is working, like it does for most of his first album, 1997's Nyah Man Chant, Bushman's sincere Rasta-derived message of hope and change has a strong international appeal, a bit like a Bob Marley or a Peter Tosh for the 21st century. When things don't work, Bushman's music can appear obvious and clichéd. Signs, his fifth album, is somewhat of a mixed affair, with wonderfully poppy songs of great depth "Creatures of the Night," "Signs," "Talkative" interspersed with dubious tracks, like his cover of Original Caste's "One Tin Soldier" which was a huge hit for the Coven, a song that ends up in Bushman's hands as neither good reggae nor good pop, and his sincere baritone vocal almost makes it unintentionally laughable. On the other hand, "Down Town," which features harmony vocals from the great Mighty Diamonds, is a delightful chunk of modern pop-reggae, both danceable and infectious. It's hard not to like Bushman for what he tries to do, and a good half of Signs is solid, catchy stuff. The other half, though, seems to try too hard, or in the case of "One Tin Solider," is head-scratchingly bad.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645168229
  • Catalog Number: 1682
  • Sales rank: 145,859

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sanctuary (3:53)
  2. 2 Downtown (3:29)
  3. 3 Creatures of the Night (3:53)
  4. 4 Light It Up (3:18)
  5. 5 Pleasing People (4:28)
  6. 6 Liberian Woman (4:32)
  7. 7 Lonely - Nikki Burt (3:54)
  8. 8 One Tin Soldier (3:38)
  9. 9 Every Day (4:15)
  10. 10 Light House (4:00)
  11. 11 Signs (4:40)
  12. 12 77 Times 7 (4:15)
  13. 13 Wicked Man (4:41)
  14. 14 Talkative (4:12)
  15. 15 A-Merry Mecca (3:45)
  16. 16 Mother Earth (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bushman Primary Artist
The Mighty Diamonds Harmony
Pam Hall Harmony
Ian Coleman Guitar
Sly Dunbar Drums
Robert Lyn Keyboards, Overdubs
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson Horn
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Bass Guitar
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Franklyn Waul Keyboards
Nikki Burt Vocals, Harmony, Guest Appearance
Rupert McKenzie Bass Guitar
Dan Fraser Horn
Lymie Harmony
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis Bass Guitar
Kenroy "Cool Breeze" Archibald Harmony
Russell Bradshaw Harmony
Christopher "Sky Juice" Burke Percussion
Willburn "Squidley" Cole Drums
Errol Hird Horn
Dwight Duncan Guitar, Percussion
Technical Credits
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Composer
B. Grant Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Brian Potter Composer
Paul Shields Mastering
D. Duncan Composer
Ronnie Dividson Art Direction
Dwight Duncan Producer
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