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Rising Above Bedlam [Vinyl LP] Import


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  • Vinyl (1 Jan. 1991)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eastwest
  • ASIN: B002DM4G5I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Great introduction to Jah Wobble, probably his most accessible 'pop' record. There is a bit of everything here, but always with that heavy dub bass driving with music. Unlike many other so called 'world music crossovers', this always sounds natural, and doesn't take itself too seriously. From the trance like 'Bomba',the wild Turkish stomp of Erzulie, and the whimsical reggae of Wonderful World. Inspirational Music!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Pomeroy on 7 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This was an important album for Jah Wobble, because it was his comeback. He had been the bassist for Public Image Limited in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but although he did a fantastic job he ended up spending a lot of the 1980s out of the music scene entirely. Rising Above Bedlam nowadays sounds a little old-fashioned at times, and it is a mixed bag, but the good stuff is very good. It's an excellent reminder of the kind of world techno that was very trendy at the time

"Visions of You" was one of the singles, and remains Wobble's most distinctive and memorable track. It has Sinead O'Connor on it, and everybody who has heard it likes it. It's one of those universally admired singles, like "Heroes" or "Good Vibrations" and so forth, that everybody likes and admires. It has a simple chorus which goes round in a circle. "Bomba" was the other single, and is the other stand out, although it sounds dated in a mid-1990s ambient-ethnic-world-techno way. It has vocals by Natacha Atlas, who was to early/mid 1990s ambient ethnic techno as Bjork and Elizabeth Fraser were to avant-drum'n'bass a couple of years later.

The rest of the album doesn't match these two songs. It's as if Wobble was unsure of the ethno-ambient stuff and wanted to write some fairly conventional pop/rock songs as well. Wobble's voice is distinctive, to put it kindly, and although it works on "Visions of You", where he sounds world-weary, he generally just sounds tuneless. "Relight the Flame" is a plodding ballad, "Ungodly Kingdom" is a frantic mistake. A lot of the songs are brought down by old-fashioned, 80s-style drum machines. Wobble's talents lie in his rock-solid dub bass and his Ringo Starr-esque avuncularity, in that he gets on well with people and can therefore bring a lot of different people into the mix.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dobester on 19 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Approachable, accessible, collection of world grooves that were well before their time: Wobble was in there at the start with Transglobal Underground (Natasha Atlas providing vocals for Erzulie and other knockout songs), dragging many listeners away from four-four 124 bps Eurocentric "pop", and maybe not too strong to say "No Wobble, no Sawnhey/Singh/Buddha Beats". Buy it and be converted.
Course, lots of Wobble's other stuff is completely unlistenable, so be careful what you buy after this one.
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