CD Signs [Bushman (Reggae)] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 377764),
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Signs [Bushman (Reggae)] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Sanctuary
    2. Downtown
    3. Creatures of the Night
    4. Light It Up
    5. Pleasing People
    6. Liberian Woman
    7. Lonely - (featuring Niki Burt)
    8. One Tin Soldier
    9. Every Day
    10. Light House
    11. Signs
    12. 77 Times 7
    13. Wicked Man
    14. Talkative
    15. A-Merry Mecca
    16. Mother Earth
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1682

  • Credits
    ProducerDwight Duncan

    Personnel: Nikki Burt (vocals); Dwight Duncan (guitar, percussion); Earl "Chinna" Smith , Ian Coleman (guitar); Errol Hird, Ronald "Nambo" Robinson, Dan Fraser (horns); Franklyn Waul, Robert Lyn (keyboards); Rupert McKenzie, Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis, Robbie Shakespeare (bass guitar); Sly Dunbar, Willburn "Squidley" Cole (drums); Christopher "Sky Juice" Burke, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Roland McDermott; Steven Stanley .
    Editor: Paul Shields.
    Throughout his career Bushman has maintained a solid commitment to cultural themes, and although his recorded work has some dancehall elements, he has avoided the slackness often prevalent in the genre, favoring a pop-inflected roots approach. When everything is working, like it does for most of his first album, 1997's Nyah Man Chant, Bushman's sincere Rasta-derived message of hope and change has a strong international appeal, a bit like a Bob Marley or a Peter Tosh for the 21st century. When things don't work, Bushman's music can appear obvious and clichd. Signs, his fifth album, is somewhat of a mixed affair, with wonderfully poppy songs of great depth ("Creatures of the Night," "Signs," "Talkative") interspersed with dubious tracks, like his cover of Original Caste's "One Tin Soldier" (which was a huge hit for the Coven), a song that ends up in Bushman's hands as neither good reggae nor good pop, and his sincere baritone vocal almost makes it unintentionally laughable. On the other hand, "Down Town," which features harmony vocals from the great Mighty Diamonds, is a delightful chunk of modern pop-reggae, both danceable and infectious. It's hard not to like Bushman for what he tries to do, and a good half of Signs is solid, catchy stuff. The other half, though, seems to try too hard, or in the case of "One Tin Solider," is head-scratchingly bad. ~ Steve Leggett

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