Paint It Red
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1993.
The Mighty Diamonds have long been one of reggae's
strongest vocal trios, blending sweet harmonies with
conscious lyrics and crucial rhythms. They've released some
excellent material, most notably the superb "Right Time" in
1976, and although this new disc does have its moments, for
the most part it's a disappointment.
The 10 tracks show the Diamonds in a creative
standstill. What else could explain their second rendition
of the Chi-Lites' "Stoned Out Of My Mind" or a cover version
of such a mundane track as "Putting On The Ritz." Topping it
off, the album's best track, "Posse Are You Ready," is a
re-release from the mid-80's.
Despite the questionable song selection, the majority
of vocals are still smooth, especially from lead singer
Donald "Tabby" Shaw. There are also a few nice tracks,
particularly the catchy "Not To Blame." But in its entirety,
"Paint It Red," especially coming from a group of this
stature, is a real letdown.
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