Album review

Various Artists - Reggae Love Songs

Romantic tunes played a big part in British reggae charts in the late '70s and early '80s as a new generation of aspirational, British-born black kids abandoned roots reggae in favour of our first indigenous black pop style—lover's rock.

Many of the tunes were nothing more than insipid cover versions of UK pop or US soul hits, but the movement yielded a clutch of genuinely moving songs such as Sharon Forrester's "Silly, Wasn't It?" (incidentally, Melody Maker's reggae single of 1974) and Janet Kay's 1979 Top 3 hit "Silly Games", both featured here.

More recent cuts like Chaka Demus and Pliers' "She Don't Love Nobody" and Diana King's "Shy Guy" bring this collection up to date.

Rating: 3 / 10


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