Watchman - Contemporary Christian

Monday 1st June 1998
Watchman - Contemporary Christian
Watchman - Contemporary Christian

STYLE: Reggae
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Flintwood FWCD001
RELEASE DATE: 1998-05-11
RRP: £14.53

Reviewed by George Luke

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here - the debut album from gospel ragga pioneer David Williams, aka The Watchman. No expense has been spared on the credibility front; the album's produced by Mafia & Fluxy - the hottest production duo in reggae since Sly & Robbie - and sits easily with every other thing they've done. The hardcore ragga massive will love it. The Watchman pulls no punches, whether admonishing the listener to "Walk Like A Christian" or to steer clear of "Faunication" (sic). Either in anticipation of, or in response to, flak from more conservative quarters, the liner notes contain a paraphrase of Romans 14, in which CCM replaces food offered lo idols. Other spiritual grey areas are discussed in the songs themselves: "God Give You Your Body", for example, addressed the issue of whether or not Christian women should wear make up and fashionable clothes (still a delicate subject in some black Pentecostal churches). This album is loud, invigorating and has all the subtlety of a 10-ton truck with bull bars and go-faster stripes. Rewind Selecta!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Andru Grant in England @ 16:14 on May 23 2020

Not on Spotify or any digital platform so where on earth can you get this great classic!?!? I need my children to hear this as this is the album that kept me rooted at some bad times

Posted by Vicky in Sutton Surrey @ 18:34 on Jun 16 2011

I got this album a while ago and have got it out of the box again brilliant highly recomended my teenages who love God were well impressed, I do so hope you are as passinate about God as you were in 1998.
Stay blessed

Reply by Beverley in Luton @ 12:39 on Jul 15 2014

I have been searching all over to get a copy of this CD, I bought it many years back and I loaned it to my niece who never returned it.

I am desperate to get another copy.


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