Although much is made of this group’s international musical style – chiefly dub and roots reggae from Jamaica, and funky and pop soul from the southern US – their most pertinent aspect lies in their Englishness, and the UK music scene’s peculiar capacity to ‘borrow’ from all over the place then craftily customise to fit that new situation.
With a line-up that includes representatives of such singular Britishness as two former Specials (Lynval Golding and Horace Panter), Ghost Town’s producer (Sean Flowerdew), Pop Will Eat Itself’s drummer (Fuzz Townshend) and a trumpeter who hires out to Kasabian (Gary Aylesbrook), it’s hardly surprising that their songbook is filtered through a variety of unique musical domesticity. Less expected, however, is the subtlety with which this realignment occurs.
Thanks to a solid grounding in and understanding of the genres they are working in, Pama International can create a solid enough foundation to allow them to shape and soften the edges in keeping with its circumstances. As a result, hard-stepping roots tunes like Equality & Justice for All or Still I Wait, or the sanctified soul of Are We Saved Yet?, or smooth Studio One-type reggae such as What You Do Now, Dub A Dance and Dub A Disco, becomes far less of a challenge than the originals might prove, but lose none of the essence. It’s a move that will keep hardcore fans happy, yet sound familiar and inviting enough for much wider acceptability.
Even more attractive than that is the sense of continuity within a collection of seemingly disparate styles, as such crafty customising gives a defined feel to the entire tracklist. This allows it to fit together perfectly, regardless of how far the running order jumps across genres.
Hence Pama Outernational comes across like a house party deejayed by somebody with a very deft touch and an altogether adventurous selection policy – after a couple of tunes you’re not at all sure what you’re going to hear next, but you know enough to trust it implicitly. --Lloyd Bradley
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The bands accomplished third album featuring Lynval Golding and Horace from The Specials
Produced by Sean Flowerdew & John 'Ghost Town' Collins.
"I'd simply say, it's brilliant." album of the month Scootering magazine
"superb...the band's most accomplished release to date...excellent" Do The Dog skazine
"Pama Intl's seamless merging of the classic and the modern, makes them one of the most enjoyable UK reggae bands and this album, presents them at their best dressed." Echoes
"Pama Outernational comes across like a house party deejayed by somebody with a very deft touch and an altogether adventurous selection policy - after a couple of tunes you're not at all sure what you're going to hear next, but you know enough to trust it implicitly." BBC.CO.UK
"Pama Outernational; 12 hook-filled tracks, vintage rocksteady spiked with soul... An album of substance" Q magazine
"With a sound which acknowledges the glory days of Beverly's and Studio 1 but which, with its judicious use of electronic effects and its streetwise lyrics, sound fresh and relevant today" Record Collector
01. Equality & Justice For All
02. Dub A Disco
03. Are We Saved Yet?
04. I Still Love You More
05. Still I Wait
06. He's More Like His Father
08. Dub A Dance
09. Question The Answer
10. Trade It All For More
11. What You Do Now
12. Look Out Your Window