The Upsetter And The Beat
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1992.
The madman is back! "The Upsetter," Lee Perry, has
reunited with "The Beat," producer Clement Dodd, to release
a strange concoction of tunes using classic - and I mean
classic - Studio One rhythms.
Perry's sound is harsh, as his vocal style consists
more of ranting and raving than actually "singing" (he's
best known as a legendary reggae producer, and amazingly
even produced one of rock n' roll's most powerful records,
"Complete Control," by The Clash). Even though his delivery
is unusual, the twelve tunes here somehow work. The
well-known rhythms give the music a certain familiarity,
while Perry's incoherent rambling makes things interesting,
to say the least.
"The Upsetter and The Beat" is worth a listen. Lee
Perry's style may not be for everyone, but this important
figure in reggae music cannot be ignored.
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