RELEASE
June 29, 1999
LABEL
ARK 21
GENRES
Reggae, Roots Reggae

Album Review

Roots Revival is an apt title for this album, since Aswad's greatest successes have been as a pop-reggae crossover band, most notably with the huge 1988 hit "Don't Turn Around." On this one the group returns to its roots with a vengeance. The sound is still pretty slick, but the material includes a remake of Ken Boothe's rocksteady classic "Freedom Street," two seldom-covered Bob Marley tunes ("Caution" and "Thank You Lord"), a decent cover of the Police's "Invisible Sun" (featuring Sting in a guest appearance), and a bunch of relatively roots-wise new originals. The only remaining members of the band, Drummie Zeb and Tony Gad still have a great melodic sense, as evidenced on the smooth and silky "Follow '99" and the churning "Breakout." But the rhythms are deep and compelling as well, resulting in a sound that will move them in the dancehall even as it pleases more roots-oriented fans.
Rick Anderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Best Times of Our Liveshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-times-of-our-lives/id44217030?i=44216356&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Freedom Streethttp://itunes.apple.com/album/freedom-street/id44217030?i=44216383&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Cautionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/caution/id44217030?i=44216385&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Boom Boom Carnivalhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/boom-boom-carnival/id44217030?i=44216441&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Follow '99http://itunes.apple.com/album/follow-99/id44217030?i=44216497&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Take It Easyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/take-it-easy/id44217030?i=44216573&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Roots Revivalhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/roots-revival/id44217030?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Breakouthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/breakout/id44217030?i=44216732&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Peace Trucehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/roots-revival/id44217030?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. My Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/my-love/id44217030?i=44216864&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Thank You Lordhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/thank-you-lord/id44217030?i=44216929&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Invisible Sunhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/invisible-sun/id44217030?i=44216975&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. The Best Times of Our Lives [Dub]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-times-of-our-lives-dub/id44217030?i=44216998&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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