STYLE: Reggae RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 168090-26372 LABEL: Lion Of Zion FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Chris Webb
Christafari describe themselves as "musicianaries", sharing the good news of the Gospel through their lives, humanitarian efforts and music. 'Hearts Of Fire' is the first album in four years and when released topped Billboard's Reggae chart. Many of the songs are full of scriptural references and point the listener to Jesus. The album then takes a trip around the various reggae styles and influences demonstrating the variety within the genre. With a Johnny Nash vibe "Beautiful" has a smooth pop influence describing the light of God shining into a person's life. A Wailers sound crops up in "Rescue Me", a cry to the Lord for salvation, the strong brass section emphasising and supporting Mark Mohr's pleading vocal. UB40 is reflected in the tale of the lame man healed by Peter on "Silver And Gold". "Jump High Like A Maasai" slips into the groove of Backyard Dog, rap and syncopation high on the agenda. Ska makes an appearance on "Not Ashamed" with some scintillating bass runs which underscore the clipped rhythm guitar and sassy horn section. 'Hearts Of Fire' is Jamaican music in many of its colourings and with such powerful lyrics musical evangelism has seldom sounded more fun.
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