This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1993.
Delroy "Junior" Reid, one of reggae music's most talented singers, is back with 14
new tracks on his latest, self-produced release, "Visa."
This one-time lead singer of Black Uhuru is still an exceptional vocalist.
Traditional reggae fans will scoff, however - and with good reason - at his total
embracement of the latest synthesized dancehall styles.
Reid's stylistic change is a letdown, yet there's no denying that the majority of
tunes remain catchy and, like most of his material, address conscious themes. Just check
out some of his song titles: "Gun Court," "Dreadlocks In The White House" and
"Hospital, Cemetery or Jail."
The problem with this release isn't Reid's songwriting, though, it's his production.
The sound comes across as being too clean; the mix has way too much treble and nowhere
near enough bass. Regardless, "Visa" still has its moments, but they're few and far
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