Friday, May 3, 2013

Album Review: Jah Sun, "Rise As One"

It seems like it was just the other day that Jah Sun released his critically-acclaimed album, "Battle the Dragon." Now, just over a year later, the Austin, TX native is back with a brand new, 15-track production titled "Rise As One" - his best work yet - that is sure to reserve his seat at the head table alongside today's best reggae artists, once and for all.

There's a lot I like about this album - or, perhaps better put, there's absolutely nothing I don't like about this album. Jah Sun really hit a home run this time around. From front to back, Rise As One is a superb roots album, with fantastic, intricate musical production, and an overarching positive and insightful message that we've come to expect from Jah Sun. Rise As One features some high-profile collaborations with some of today's hottest artists, such as Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Sizzla, Richie Spice and Gappy Ranks. Listening to the tracks featuring these artists, its clear that Jah Sun put a lot of thought into what songs he wanted these particular artists to feature on, as the production that each appears on plays to their specific vocal and lyrical talents.

Rise As One, which was released at the end of April on Jah Sun's own label, More Love Productions, is truly a must-have for any reggae fan -- especially for anyone with a respect and understanding of the roots. Throughout much of this album, the musical production (and vocals) gives a tip of the cap to the  roots reggae stylings that helped make the reggae genre what it is today - you can clearly hear it in the vibe of certain tracks, as well as in the particular instruments that are used, e.g. "Wicked Nah Go Win," "Roots Rock Reggae," and "Rise As One."

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