The Other Side

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
After several productive years on the Shanachie label, which resulted most recently in 2002's very fine Soul Taker album, Lucky Dube jumped to Heartbeat in 2003 and promptly released The Other Side, demonstrating yet again how utterly resistant to change his sound is regardless of what label he records for. The elements of that sound are, once again: big, emotional melodies that usually open with a dramatic swoop into the falsetto stratosphere and then fall pentatonically downward; lots of Hammond B-3 organ; and an almost exclusive focus on slow, churning Afro-roots grooves and ridiculously ripe and fulsome chord progressions. And, of course, Dube's voice, which is one of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
After several productive years on the Shanachie label, which resulted most recently in 2002's very fine Soul Taker album, Lucky Dube jumped to Heartbeat in 2003 and promptly released The Other Side, demonstrating yet again how utterly resistant to change his sound is regardless of what label he records for. The elements of that sound are, once again: big, emotional melodies that usually open with a dramatic swoop into the falsetto stratosphere and then fall pentatonically downward; lots of Hammond B-3 organ; and an almost exclusive focus on slow, churning Afro-roots grooves and ridiculously ripe and fulsome chord progressions. And, of course, Dube's voice, which is one of the most attractive in all of reggae music. Because he's African instead of Jamaican, Dube's lyrical themes sometimes depart just a bit from the reggae norm: on "Number in the Book," for example, he encourages sexual responsibility in light of his continent's AIDS epidemic; "Soldier" deals with the psychological impact of war rather than simply blaming war on Babylon and being done with it; and "Cool Down" is an unusually subtle portrait of a troubled marriage. Musically obvious he may be, but there are other kinds of depth to Lucky Dube's art. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661777026
  • Catalog Number: 617770
  • Sales rank: 73,574

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Number in the Book (4:45)
  2. 2 The Other Side (6:07)
  3. 3 Ding Ding Licky Licky Licky Bong (5:10)
  4. 4 Cool Down (5:39)
  5. 5 Family Ties (5:48)
  6. 6 Divorce Party (4:46)
  7. 7 Soldier (5:44)
  8. 8 Julie! Julie! (6:41)
  9. 9 The Bully (5:03)
  10. 10 Hero (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lucky Dube Primary Artist, Keyboards, Voices
Stella Khumalo Background Vocals
Isaac Mtshali Drums
Marilyn Nokwe Background Vocals
Vusi Khumalo Drums
Thuthukani Cele Keyboards
Mandise Dlanga Background Vocals
Richard Sekgobela Keyboards
Skipper Shabalala Guitar
Isaac ToTo Molantoa Bass
Doods Molefi Percussion
Andile Nqubezelo Percussion
Technical Credits
Lucky Dube Composer, Producer
Dave Segal Engineer
Peter Pearlson Mastering
Derick Taljaard Cover Design
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