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World Peace
     

World Peace

by Culture
 
While Culture has made a handful of truly outstanding albums over the course of its 27-year career, it has always had a little bit of trouble emerging from the shadow of Two Sevens Clash, its epoch-making sophomore album from 1977 (even the press materials for World Peace start out with a mention of that album). So the question

Overview

While Culture has made a handful of truly outstanding albums over the course of its 27-year career, it has always had a little bit of trouble emerging from the shadow of Two Sevens Clash, its epoch-making sophomore album from 1977 (even the press materials for World Peace start out with a mention of that album). So the question about World Peace, as it has been with every album since Two Sevens Clash, is: how does it measure up? And the answer is: better than any album the band has recorded in a decade. It's hard to know just what has invigorated the aging Joseph Hill, but he is singing with more force and conviction than we've heard in years; and the band that was organized to back him up (consisting of The Firehouse Crew and members of Shaggy's backup group) sounds like the rumble of thunder and the crack of a whip. As always, Hill's melodies are as simple and obvious as nursery rhyme ditties, and as usual, they are insanely catchy and almost endlessly entrancing. On World Peace, Hill chose to reprise a couple of songs from the old book, "Dog a Go Nyam Dog" and "Never Get Weary," but both come off sounding like new compositions. Highlights from the newer material include the strangely funky and horn-heavy "Holy Mount Zion," the Nyahbinghi-influenced "Babylon Falling," and the exquisitely sanctified "Walk in Jah Light." But his real moment of triumph comes on "Selection Train," on which he proves that he is still capable of singing the line "reggae train is coming" without losing his audience. How many other reggae singers can do that?

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
Label:
Heartbeat / Pgd
UPC:
0011661776425
catalogNumber:
617764

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Performance Credits

Culture   Primary Artist
Wayne Armond   Guitar
June Cole   Background Vocals
Dean Fraser   Horn
Harry T. Powell   Percussion
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Joseph Hill   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
David Madden   Horn
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson   Horn
Albert Walker   Background Vocals
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Glen Brownie   Bass
Robert Brownie   Guitar
Shawn "Mark" Dawson   Drums
Talford Nelson   Background Vocals
Mickey Fletcher   Bass
Clyde "Blip" Golding   Percussion
Christopher Blake "Sky Juice"   Percussion

Technical Credits

Culture   Producer
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall   Engineer
Joseph Hill   Composer,Producer

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