Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Linval Thompson – Ghetto Living (2008)

A phenomenal reggae album by an underappreciated master of the genre. Linval Thompson cut his teeth working in Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio before moving on to a successful career both as a singer and producer. This album, his first in over 10 years, sounds sleek and modern without being overproduced or overly digitized (a common criticism when it comes to contemporary reggae). Thompson’s voice, though sounding a little weatherworn, is still an evocative instrument, and the songs are all top-notch. Check it out.

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