Album review

Horace Andy - Mek It Bun

Horace Andy got fed up waiting five years for Massive Attack to make the follow-up to Mezzanine, so he took himself off to Jamaica to make his own album of classic, ganja-fuelled '70s-style 'conscious' reggae with felicitous echoes of even earlier ska. There's a magnificent cover of Gregory Isaacs' "Night Nurse" which puts Mick Hucknall to shame, and an improbable but enjoyable version of America's "Horse With No Name". For the rest, it's Horace's original one-drop roots rockers (co-written with producer 'Stepper' Braird), as if dancehall and ragga had never been invented.

Rating: 3 / 10


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