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Abdel Wright

  • 1. Quicksand
    2. Loose We Now
    3. Dust Under Carpet
    4. Ruffest Times
    5. Human Behaviour
    6. Babylon Wall
    7. My Decision
    8. Paul Bogle
    9. Strange World
    10. Issues
    11. Main Street Kingston
    12. Troubled Waters
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1931

  • Credits
    ProducerBrian Jobson; Pat Thrall; Ned Douglas; Pat Thrall; Bass Over Babylon
    EngineerNeil Case; Pat Thrall; Ned Douglas; Duane Baron; Michael McCoy

    Personnel: Abdel Wright (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Dru Lord (spoken vocals); Brian Jobson (guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); David A. Stewart (guitar, keyboards); Ras Corel (guitar); Jerry Tillman (pedal steel guitar, dobro); Jerry Tillotson, Mike Levine (pedal steel guitar); Barbara Cargill (violin); Sebastian Jobson (vibraphone); Joslyn "Speckles" McKenzie (drums, percussion); John "Pops" Dowling (tambourine); Pat Thrall (guitar, keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Paul Pesco (guitar); Emanuel Kiriakou (acoustic guitar); Ned Douglas (keyboards, programming); Neil Case (keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Peter Nelson (keyboards); Mino Cinelu (percussion); Justin Hinds, Alana Davis, Tawatha Agee (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Pat Thrall.
    Recording information: Banyon Tree Studios; Basement, Hollywood, CA; Cottage #4, Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Coyaba Studio, Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Echo Beach STudios, Jupiter, FL; Hit Factory, NY; Homebass, Hollywood, FL; The Ice House, Lime Hall, St Ann, Jamaica.
    Photographer: Josh Rothstein.
    A bright, assured debut, Abdel Wright's self-titled record marks the emergence of a significant Jamaican talent. Although the 2005 album is filled with the island's reggae rhythms, Wright's sound is steeped in folk, with his high, plaintive vocals and deft acoustic-guitar work conveying his socially conscious messages.
    While comparisons to Bob Marley are inevitable, Wright's aesthetic is more closely aligned with Ben Harper, as evinced on the opening "Quicksand," which decries the state of Jamaica's ghettos, and "Dust Under Carpet," a scathing indictment of uncaring politicians. Though most of Wright's songs have a clear agenda, the blunt lyrics don't distract too much from the immediately engaging music, which often features full-bodied bass, swooning pedal steel, and Wright's own harmonica playing. Some may scratch their heads at the disc's dedication to Johnny Cash, but it was reportedly Cash, a part-time resident of Jamaica, who inspired Wright to pick up a guitar. Listeners to this strong first outing will be thankful for the impetus, since ABDEL WRIGHT is one of 2005's most pleasant musical surprises.

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