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John Brown's Body / Amplify
Album:Amplify Collection:Reggae
Artist:John Brown's Body Added:12/2008
Label:Easy Star Records 

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Add Date:2008-12-07 Pull Date:2009-02-08 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2008-12-08 
John Brown’s Body – Amplify
Reviewed by Sadie O., 12/5/08
“Progressive Reggae”, possibly an oxymoronic concept… I may have been the wrong person to review this, because I kept getting “Yes moments” when I listened, and I get hives when I get “Yes moments”… In spite of this, it’s a very good record, certainly fine musicianship and lots of interesting sounds and rhythms.
No FCCs detected. I like 8 best, everything with 3*s is good stuff.
1. **dramatic intro, then very uptempo syncopated skank, vocals have a bit of dancehall.
2. ***tuning instruments intro, then downtempo skank, strong one-drop.
3. ***big horns and melodrama, midtempo bubble with rather cinematic sounding backing vocals. Modulates in fairly unusual ways.
4. ***very slow roots skank, righteousness lyrics, trumpet solo. Includes a dub with Rasta outsider visionary toast (from St. Croix’ Midnite).
5. ***uptempo bouncy boppy wiggle, stadium-rock lyrics.
6. **dubified intro, complex uptempo riddim. Has a bit of Steel Pulse feel. Some “hip hop” vocals.
7. *downtempo with 16th notes, nice vocal rhythm at start, gets a bit trippy-spacey. Ends with a bit of nyahbinghi.
8. ****spacey noises, then downtempo beat and scratching, bouncy midtempo dancehall with rhythmic vocals.
9. **very slow, lots of “prog”, a bit of vocal processing, but pleasant enough.
10. **starts with kora solo, then uptempo, rather urgent sounding skank, love song. Big strings. Sounds like a George Martin production.
11. ***similar riddim, but big horns, somewhat complicated syncopation. Some interesting interplay of vocals.
12. ***somewhat downtempo nyahbinghi riddim, vocal harmonies. Hymn-like, very pretty. Ends a few seconds early.


Track Listing
1.Amplify 7.Sky Juice
2.Give Yourself Over 8.Make Your Move
3.The Gold 9.Ghost Notes
4.Speak Of The Devil (Feat. Vaughn Benjamin Of Midnite) 10.So Aware
5.Push Some Air 11.Zion Triad
6.Shake The Dice 12.Be At Peace