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5.0 out of 5 stars One reason to hear this ......it,s brilliant ., 2 May 2009
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One More Reason (Audio CD)
Melding reggae, dub, jazz and African rhythms Soothsayers third album manages the not inconsiderable feat of bring supremely laid-back and yet vivacious . The mix of veteran Jamaica reggae musicians and U.K. based performers probably accounts for this disparity but mostly those cavernous dub bass arrangements over which fizzing horns triumph do it for me.
The music's refreshing and enjoyable multi-vibe appeal is also aided by the use of multifarious vocalists. Jonny Clarke( no relation ha ha !), Michael Prophet ,Mellow Baku ,Linvall Thomson, Michie One and Bob Skeng all lay down differing vocals over some terrific songs .coursing out of the pulsating multi-cultural, south London milieu , centred around Brixton, which is Soothsayers' stomping ground.
The traditional reggae beats of "Your Love" are complimented by creamy backing vocals and raspy bursts of brass. "Hold On " is a summery burst of vibrant groovy pop. "Irie" is more free-form with some ambidextrous MC-ing from Michie One. Opening track "Music" reveals guest keyboardist Zoe Rahman, sister of Soothsayers' co-leader, reed player Idris Rahman, and an acoustic jazz pianist of substance, as an deeply funky player. She plays in similar vein on "River Effra," Soothsayers' melodious but muscular tribute to ska and the Skatalites. "Tears Of Sorrow " is a seriously downbeat lament on the consequences of gun culture but still has a cracking tune while "We Must Return To Dub" does exactly that, as indeed does last track the sinuous "Tears In Dub".
The lugubrious beats, balmy horns and proficient musicianship of Soothsayers all equate to a hugely enjoyable listening experience that is never so slick and cushy that it becomes blasé .This is music that will still thrill and delight the 100th time you listen to it and the likelihood is that 100 is the bare minimum listens you will give it. One more reason to buy it I would say.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Class, 25 Mar 2009
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Alan Cross (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One More Reason (Audio CD)
Rarely does an album in my vast collection get played from start to finish time after time but two weeks after receiving this as promo it is played almost continually with no loss of interest or delight.

14 tracks of world class reggae, unmistakably 21st century but played and recorded with love and respect for the great heritage that has gone before.

Soothsayers , a London based music collective of the highest order is led by Idris Rahman who writes, sings and plays sax and brings sister Zoe in on keyboards along with, on this recording, a galaxy of guest appearances from Johnny Clarke, Michael Prophet, Mellow Baku and Lindval Thompson all of whom make great contributions.

Best of all however is that with this their 3rd album Soothsayers are no studio based band but a busy live act who should be a fixture at the worlds great festivals for the forseeable future with their heady mix of roots, afro beat, club vibe and dance music with conscious lyrics backed by world class musicianship and production.

A real delight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, 24 Jan 2013
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Good Dub sounds, I am a very keen reggae listener, and this was a good buy, I listen to it quite a lot.Would like to see them some day
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely blasted into fat music space, 13 May 2010
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J michie (London) - See all my reviews
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Love this album, deep joy, thundering sounds lilting in my ears - Thank you so much Rob trumpet man for glancing me this way!
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