Boom Shack A Lack - Junior Reid (LP)

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Media Format: LP VINYL
UPC: 601811007815
Release Date: Nov. 1, 2013
Media Format: LP VINYL
Boom Shack-a-Lack finds the young Junior Reid coming into his own as a mature vocalist, in the last stages of developing the style that would serve him well later as a member of Black Uhuru. It also finds producer Prince Jammy and the Hi Times Band at the peak of their powers, generating powerful no-frills dancehall grooves that give Reid both room to maneuver and plenty of structural solidity. Those shared strengths all come together most powerfully on "Big Timer," with its spare instrumentation and subtly dubwise mix, while "Drink Me out Royalty" unfortunately plays up Reid's abiding inability to sing consistently in tune (a problem which would, thankfully, ameliorate over time). Of the bonus tracks, "Old Time Something" is a two-and-a-half-minute triviality, while the disco mix of "Boom-Shack-a-Lack" takes what had been simply a solid piece of dancehall reggae and spins it out into a treatise on post-roots dub science.

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Track Listings
1. Boom-Shack-A-Lack
2. Cross Over the Border
3. Mother Move
4. Big Timer
5. Row Your Boat
6. There Will Be No Darkness
7. Drink Me Out Royally
8. Strange Things
9. Sitting in the Park
10. False Rumours