Christafari - Valley Of Decision

Thursday 1st August 1996
Christafari - Valley Of Decision
Christafari - Valley Of Decision

STYLE: Reggae
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Gotee 7013825883
RRP: £15.31

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Last year's 'Soulfire' alburn introduced us to the band's potential but a year of hard work has definitely paid off since 'Valley Of Decision' is a giant musical leap forward which mainly falls into a ragamuffin dance hall style. There are a number of identifiable hooks for comparison, a touch of Bob Marley here, the cheeky asides of Shabba Ranks, basically a whole mish mash of influences without being derivative. The secular Sunsplash tour may have won them some notoriety amongst the rastas for having the audacity to share Jesus with their fellow artists but their tour with DC Talk established them on the Christian scene. Best songs include "Time" which is a relaxed harmony drenched encouragement to spend more time with God. "Him Die Fi Yuh" mixes sweet harmonies, strong horns and some excellent toastin' with a clear straight message about the cross. "Best Friend" has an authentic reggae groove borrowed from Jamaica's Shocking Vibes crew and the hottest toastin'! The title cut hits a solid groove, "Can't Stop" is a sunny worship celebration that should be blasting out of your sound system for the rest of the summer. There's just no choice in the valley of decision. Buy!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Ade Mauger in Derby, UK @ 16:52 on Sep 30 2005

If you only buy 1 Christafari album, make it this one. The depth of lyrics reach into your heart, especially on the title track, drawing the listener to question the depth of their relationship with Jesus....awesome reggae at its (Christian) best.

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