STYLE: Reggae RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13460-3381 LABEL: Lion Of Zion 689076220224 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £10.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
At the vicar factory I just recently attended, a wise tutor said that the best way to deliver criticism was to sandwich it with praise. Here goes then. The latest offering from reggae gospel pioneers Christafari is a children's Sunday school album that combines some "old favourites" with new Christafari tracks. In that it succeeds very well, it's just a let down that the standard of the songs is so middle of the road. From a band that has been around for well over a decade and has produced some blindingly good material in the past (hands up everybody who doesn't own a copy of 'Valley Of Decision' - shame on you), 'Reggae Sunday School' unfortunately just smacks of trying to get onto the children's worship bandwagon. It's not that the music is bad, it's just hugely predictable, and the accompanying characters on the soundtrack that intersperse the music are frankly as irritating as a badly produced CD sleeve. Which, come to mention it, is a problem with this CD as well. Before I'm accused of being just utterly malicious in my demolition of this offering, can I say that I loved the track "Zacchaeus". But at the end of the day one track doth not a CD save, and this album would need quite a few more good songs to redeem it.
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A brilliant concept album from Christafari aimed at children but sure to be enjoyed by adults too! A wonderful combination of the group's sheer love of reggae music and heart for children guarantee this is sure to be a top-selling album that will keep young and old happy. Featuring many Caribbean Sunday school classics along with a handful of Christafari's own this release takes in not just reggae but hip hop, dub, calypso and dancehall too!