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    Taylor, Rod – “Where Is Your Love Mankind” – [Greensleeves Records Ltd.]

    Reissue of Rod Taylor’s sophomore release out in 1980 originally.
    The title track hits the apex off the bat, Taylor’s sweet vocals
    rising above the Roots Radics Band. Special respect to Steelie and
    Ansel Collins, providing the organ work which on the entire first
    side really carries the sound. And on the title track, they sort
    of juggle around the melody, carried primarily by Gladstone
    Anderson’s bluesy piano. This album finds its strength in a minor
    key, but steadied by the bass of Errol Holt. There’s something
    about reggae bass players that just speaks to devotion. They
    are always going to be there, the guitars can flicker in, scratch
    and wah a bit. The drums can dip in some reverb dub (not too
    much here despite Scientist doing the mixing honors), but that
    bass will always be there on the one. Lyrics hang on women a lot,
    one moment Taylor wants Cheryl to “Give Me Your Love Forever” but
    that is followed by a “Lazy Woman.” Other thoughts move between
    ghetto pride and tenement tenacity. Soothing and soulful and
    like the photo on the cover, dominated by the hues of blues.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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