Thursday, April 29, 2010

Junior Murvin 'Inna De Yard' Review (Makasound/Soundicate)

After 20 years of silence, the falsetto of reggae and author of the international hit Police and Thieves- produced by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in 1977 and covered by The Clash and Boy George- is back with a compelling, if not triumphant ‘Inna De Yard’ session recorded with legendary guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith.
Police and Thieves sets the stage for ‘Inna De Yard’. It’s as if Junior Murvin never left. His defining falsetto is as butyraceous as it was in 1977. His covers of Curtis Mayfield’s Gipsy Woman and Rescue the Children are superb! Murvin trades in his trademark falsetto on an emulative cover of the Bill Wither’s classic Ain’t No Sunshine. Thankfully, the brilliant and boastful Solomon was part of the session too.
Closer, World Inflation, and the aforementioned Police and Thieves all showcase, not only his incredible singing ability, but also his songwriting prowess.
Junior Murvin is most definitely an everlasting talent!

Track Listing:

1. Police and Thieves (Intro by Danny Dread)
2. Gipsy Woman (featuring next yard’s dog)
3. Badman Posse (Intro by Chinna)
4. Rescue the Children
5. Closer
6. Roots Train
7. Solomon
8. World Inflation
9. Ain’t No Sunshine