I decided to try Fertile Ground's album based on a few recommendations on this site that piqued my interest. Fertile Ground's style is acid-jazz like Brand New Heavies, Monday Michiru, Jamiroquai and others.
While Brand New Heavies "acid-jazz" style is more funk-rooted, Fertile Ground's aesthetic leans more toward jazz. They do draw/incorporate many different influences in their musical arrangments from reggae, salsa, and funk. Like, Jamiroquai, Michiru, and the Brand New Heavies - Fertile Ground's lyrics aim at increasing listeners' self-esteem, spiritual, and introspective process. Their lyrics also are nicely politically conscious.
Although there are a number of highlights on this album, I have a few favorites. The title song, "Seasons Change" is a magnificent jazzy number - rooted deeply in the Acid-Jazz tradition.
"Dance" is another favorite of mine on this album. It starts off with a jazz vibe - the lead singer scatting throughout it, but then the musical arrangments saunter into AfroCuban salsa vibe. "Culture Bandits," another nice one, veers into reggae/dancehall - I especially love the bassy downbeat on this "Bandits..." "One Mo Gin" is another favorite. "More to Life" is another jazzy introspective piece. There are few filler songs on this album, which was very nice.
This album is nice to listen on chilly, rainy days...or any day you feel like the weight of the world is getting you down. This is an album to pick you up. I'm sure this album is not for everyone, so check out samples of this album, and even the lyrics if you can find them. But, if you do like this album, I'd also recommend Brand New Heavies' "Brothers and Sisters" or Jamiroquai's "Travelling without Moving" or Monday Michiru's "Delicious Poison."