STYLE: Reggae RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20884-11659 LABEL: Otr OTRCD5069 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Peter Dilley
The UK's award-winning ragga artist is very much a man with a mission and some bold messages. As Watchman says on the first track: "I don't care, what the people they say/Modern day Christendom, give modern day praise/No I don't care, what the people they do/Modern day Christendom coming live at you." And he doesn't stop there. On the title cut he claims back "ragga from the gun shooting yardy brother/Redeem the garage from the boy in jail eating porridge" as contemporary forms of gospel music, seeing opportunities that "This is the time like never before/Gospel music playing mainstream radio." A few tracks later, "Materialistic" offers some sharp comment on those caught up in lives dominated by getting and spending money. But it isn't all polemic - "Opposites Can Attract" (featuring Abigail Williams) is a testimony to the life-changing effects of salvation on close human relationships, summed up in its chorus: "Opposites can attract/Blessed by God, no turning back/Coz I'm lost in your love, heart and mind/Lost in your love, ex-thug of mine." Watchman's approach might perhaps be too 'in yer face' for some, but no-one can question his passion and commitment.
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