Album Review: Alborosie - Sound The System
Alborosie, the Italian and now Jamaican artist comes with a very honest release. Produced and recorded entirely by himself, including nearly all of the instrumentation, he takes no shortcuts, pursuing his passion for vintage recording techniques, combining it with genuine scholarly knowledge of reggae and matching it with his own mission as an artist, a Rastaman and a citizen of both Jamaica and the world.
The intro to the album is a spoken word message delivered by a Rasta elder, and it sets the tone for a record that doesn’t waste any time, it reaches out to fellow artists, asking them to be true to the genre and be themselves.
The lead tune, Play Fool to Catch Wise reflects Albo’s life in Jamaica, absorbing the parables that people often speak there along with the rhyme, “ghetto youth element of surprise”. As in, don’t try to be beyond reproach, but stay fresh, shine bright, don’t join the ranks of those “running from police”. The poetry here sums up his experience with the system in Jamaica and abroad and his message for its ghetto youth, “Time to follow righteousness, get a meditation, some youth just left behind, just stay on Satan’s medication. Good over evil is the final confrontation, look forward for a global emancipation”. Taking it a step further, he notes what type of discrepancies exist for the poor when it comes to basic needs, injecting some Italian culinary class distinction here with, “Politicians set it, poor people regret it, poor people dumplings but a Minister spaghetti.”.
A rare opportunity to cover Bob Marley & The Wailers is presented when Alborosie teams up with Ky-Mani Marley to record Zion Train, an apropos cover for him as he sees reggae as a mission, and encourages us all to play a part in its success.
Another rare combination is with Nina Zilli, an Italian pop artist that reflects the classic sound of vintage pop in Italy, here Albo and blends it reggae style to produce a lovely Goodbye.
Alborosie presents an agenda that is authentic in its lyrical delivery and true to his mission as a defender of reggae’s roots and culture. His efforts live up to the name, his intention is clear to sound the system with righteousness.
Alborosie - Sound The System
DIGITAL RELEASE / CD / VINYL [Greensleeves]
Release date: 07/02/2013
02. Play Fool (To Catch Wise)
03. Rock The Dancehall
04. Zion Train feat. Ky-Mani Marley
05. To Whom It May Concern
06. Who Run The Dance
07. Goodbye feat. Nina Zilli
08. U Got To Be Mine
09. Love Is The Way
10. There Is A Place feat. Kemar
12. Don't Pressure It
13. Warrior feat. Nature
14. Give Thanks feat. The Abyssinians
15. Shut U Mouth
1. Play Fool (To Catch Wise)
2. Rock The Dancehall
3. Zion Train feat. Ky-mani Marley
4. Who Run The Dance
5. Goodbye feat. Nina Zilli
1. To Whom It May Concern
3. Don’t Pressure It
4. Warrior Feat. Nature
5. Give Thanks feat. The Abyssinians