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with his new, live band, sometimes fleshed out version of friends for life, banton hits the road for summertime jaunts around the tri-state area with a shifting lineup of musicians. the album might be dripping in dancehall, but this is a full-on tour and showcase of just how much more he can bring to it. we can feel him swinging around with mavado at the helm, and while a bit of a party track, lunatic love is about the things that make life worth living. on daniel bedingfield, he sounds less like a young buju and more like a reborn version of himself.
neo-soul, often-styled in the same hip-hop vein as beyoncés lemonade, is a supercategory in which, of course, banton is a premier artist. on bountiful, which gets the horns from pharoah sanders of the jazz crusaders playing the same kind of chords as an older prince album, he sounds a bit more like himself and less like a dancehall artist, particularly when he takes a glimpse at that “i would rather do good than evil” songline. on the gospel soul masters, he sounds like he is talking to himself, but he is a long way from a shy, awkward 13-year-old. the good seed has a new voice, and he needs new ears to hear it. its a rebirth, a new phase in his career, but for better or worse, with this album we are entering a new buju era.
if banton has truly hit a creative stride with this album, he is on the cusp of something more permanent and substantial. its a step in the right direction, and i would hope to hear more of what he can do when his eyes are on the big stage. the whole album is meant to be played live, the arrangement too spare to have the kind of overdubs, and arrangements, that would make it sound like a proper album. its less a debut than a step toward something greater. he invites you to get a front row seat at an epic drama, and you should listen closely, because its going to be a revelatory journey.
what had been bugging me was the uncertainty regarding mark anthony myrie familys new found wealth and the possibility that the buju sound was doomed to be superseded by the undeniable “big-hair” dancehall sound that is now in the ascendancy. i had seen or read about the stuff and the image of the buju i was accustomed to had been blown away by what i imagined was the gorgeous and edified images of the new buju! although his voice had a smooth timbre, the whole façade that most of us had heard and grown accustomed to listening to were gone and had been replaced by an academic and condescending pontificating voice. its as if he was now the voice of his majesty the king! at least thats how i interpreted the sound, why would anyone listen to this?
that was until i came across the absolute best display of musical genius and poetry in one immortal human being since bob marley. the release of friends for life returned me to my roots, my home. banton has made the most spiritual album ive heard since marley, and its exactly the kind of voice and music that a marvellous blak scenario is in need of. whether youre looking for a music the will liberate you spiritually, or youre looking for your “”what’s more important than the music”” music, friends for life will satisfy!
the talent in this lineup of musicians is simply phenomenal. with a live ensemble of musicians that could have been at home in a reggae revival band like ras matilda on fire on any of the originals here, what we get are soulful melodies, scorching horns, and almighty rhythm. with four very talented musicians at the helm of this project, and the remixed wide spectrum of talents of the original performers making every song here deliciously diffrent with subtly varied nuances, the artist is obviously exposing his depths and running the gambit in one fell swoop. with spoken word and musical interludes that make every song here unforgettable, not to mention the astute editing of the songs that make sure every song flows seamlessly in and out of one another, the re-mix has created a whole new body of work unlike anything i have heard in a long time. if i had to pick my favourite, i would go with crazy stupid for the most reggae aspect, followed by everybody gotta get hers for the most jamaican-laced track, followed by the traditional style of eka song. but i have a feeling the whole album will blow your mind like all of the original versions that this remixed music has done.