STYLE: Reggae RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 7787-7548 LABEL: Flintwood FWCD001 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 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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