Mark Stewart's 7th solo studio album is the first without the Maffia, instead of that he collected a bunch of new and old(!) artists around him. Artist like Richard Hell, Bobby Gillispee (Primal Scream), Reggea and dub goeroe Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Gina Birch (Raincoats), Tessa Pollitt (Slits), Keith Levene (Pil), Daddy G. (Massive Attack), Martin Glover (Killing Joke, Youth), Kahn, Nick Void etc. etc. But does it work out?
One simple anwser YES, it works out. Mark is as sharp as ever, with the spirit of a 14 year old youngster he throws his politcal, critical one-liners through the loudspeakers, supported by disturbing and apocalyptic sounds of bass, guitars and other electronic stuff.
Mostly new songs, but also things Mark has played in recent years on stage (Baby Bourgeois, Apocalyps Hotel ("When the rain start pooring down, and you got no water")). And - even again - an old David Bowie cover: Letter to Hermione, one of my favourits already.
Mark succeeds in "Keeping the dream alive". 6 stars!!!
PS. Apologies for the crappy English, i'm a Dutch guy.