Banton, Buju / Before The Dawn
Album: Before The Dawn   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Banton, Buju   Added:Oct 2010
Label:Gargamel Music, Inc.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-10-31 Pull Date: 2011-01-02 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jan 2 Dec 19 Dec 12 Nov 21 Nov 14 Nov 7
Airplays: 1 2 2 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 15, 2011: New World Disorder
Do Good
4. Dec 15, 2010: Getting Over the Hump
Struggle Together
2. Dec 27, 2010: Happy Hour
Do Good
5. Dec 11, 2010: New World Disorder
3. Dec 18, 2010: New World Disorder
No Smoking At All
6. Dec 09, 2010: Happy Hour
In The Air

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2010-10-29
Buju Banton – Before the Dawn
Reviewed by Sadie O., 10/29/10
Roots rock reggae. Buju’s rough and rather wild vocals contrast with the sweet roots riddims and the rather too perfect female chorus. The good tracks are solid roots rock with fine vocals.
Couldn’t make out any FCCs, but I couldn’t make out every word…
1. 4:30 **classic upbeat roots skank. Bit of talking intro, then positivity song.
2. 3:33 *folky acoustic guitar and piano, very mellow upful vibe. Buju get quite het up about “it”, whatever “it” is.
3. 6:58 ***a bit of nyahbinghi, a hint of Caribbean beach vibe, exhortation of righteousness.
4. 4:07 **bouncy rootsy skank, nice guitars, more information on how to live up right.
5. 5:14 **rather downtempo but cool riddim, ballad of oppression.
6. 4:30 **big horn and vibraslap intro, rather uptempo skank with a hint of nyahbinghi drumming, let’s get along lyrics.
7. 5:02 *downtempo sweetness and chimes. A bit too much sweetness for me, mitigated barely by Buju’s rough vocals.
8. 3:24 *sort of like hard rock… Lyrics seem to be about “no smoking” being the last straw.
9. 4:08 acoustic guitar and tinkly keyboards, “soul” backing vocals by Gramps Morgan. All about a woman with a terribly hard life. Doesn’t do anything for me at all.
10. 3:34 ***solo vocal intro, then uptempo roots bubble.

Track Listing
1. Rasta Can't Go   6. Struggle Together
2. In The Air   7. Life
3. Do Good   8. No Smoking At All
4. Battered And Bruised   9. Try Life
5. Bondage   10. Innocent