Reviewed by George Luke
With the exception of the odd few fortunate enough to get imports, Britain's reggae gospel fans missed out on these guys' debut, which went down a storm on the other side of the pond and their follow up album proves, to me at least, that all the praise they've received so far is well deserved. The more rootsy tracks feature some of the loveliest harmonies I've heard in a long time, while the gravelly-voiced ragga toasting makes Louis Armstrong sound like Philip Bailey. The ragga tracks are very energetic, but a couple of jungle mixes would really have brought this up to date. That aside, Tanosaback, Jaibo Culture and Earth Man (known to their parents and the taxman as Mark Mohr, James Pach and Erik Sundin) have produced the most authentic, most credible attempt at reggae to come out of America (Big Mountain, eat your heart out!). Their name might cause alarm bells to ring for some people, but, judging from the lyrics here, particularly those of "Crucified", these guys are definitely on the right track, although I think they should do us all a favour and explain their choice of name. Christians are paranoid enough already.
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