This is in the current issue of Reggae Report.
It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years, but in 1977 Culture released one of the
greatest debuts in the history of modern music, the monumental “Two Sevens Clash.”
Since then, this classic group - led by the one and only Joseph Hill - has continued
to release quality records, with “Trust Me” being no exception. The buzz around the
reggae industry is that this new disc tops last year’s excellent “One Stone,” and the buzz is
Starting off with the powerful title track, this is almost one full hour of crucial
modern roots. Hill’s distinctive and authentic vocals sound as rough as ever, and along
with harmony from longtime ally Albert Walker and backing from the Dub Mystic band,
“Trust Me” is one of the year’s best releases.
All songs were written and produced by Hill and all are superb, but especially
check out “Riverside” (also on video), “Outcast,” “Writing On The Wall,” “Dirty Tricks,”
“Walk With Jah,” “Babylon A Weep,” the title track and “Chant Down Babylon” (which
rides Bob Marley’s “Mellow Mood” rhythm). You’ll also find modernized versions of old
classics “Black Starliner” and “Jah Pretty Face” - as well as a nice niahbingi mix of the
Hill remains a true Rasta visionary, as his songs encompass such traditional topics
as Marcus Garvey, Zion, Babylon and Haile Selassie. In fact, there are twenty six pictures
(count em!) of Selassie - as well as a 1966 speech he gave in Jamaica - found throughout
Joseph Hill is as righteous as they come and Culture is as good as they get. Look
for a live album to be released next spring, but until then “Trust Me” and pick up this CD.
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