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Album Review

Greg Rose, who records under the humble moniker Perfect, hails from Jamaica but has made his second album for the Austrian label Irie Vibrations. The music is an interesting blend of elements and styles — acoustic folk-rock, heavyweight roots reggae, dancehall, hip-hop. The lyrics are a more typical mix: militant Afrocentrism and anti-Babylonian tirades rub shoulders with more positive messages of social uplift and spiritual devotion. In terms of song quality, the album is something of a mixed bag: "This City" is built on an attractive one-beat rhythm with prominent clavinet, but somehow it never quite gets off the ground; "30 Pieces" is a rather pedestrian call for slavery reparations; and "Smile," a duet with the sweet-voiced Empress, wanders around aimlessly but does so quite prettily. On the other hand, "Journey" is a brilliant and almost funky combination track with Chezidek, and "Rasta Dubplate" brings (as its title would suggest) a dubwise feeling to the proceedings with overdubbed layers of vocals and a minimalist one-drop beat. There's even a ska track, the galloping "Unlock." The album's weakest entry is the title track, which is badly sung and feels half-written. Not bad overall, but not essential.

Biography

Formed: 1995

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s

After the Replacements' demise in the early '90s, bassist Tommy Stinson formed a new project called Bash and Pop, which released a single album, Friday Night Is Killing Me. Since the album was written entirely by Stinson in his attic, it wasn't a true band effort, or a rocking one for that matter, which became apparent when he tried to tour for the album with a newly assembled band. He decided to put his first post-'Mats project to rest, and soon formed the more typically Stinson-like band Perfect....
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Born Dead With Life, Perfect
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  • 69,00 kr
  • Genres: Reggae, Music
  • Released: 25 July 2008
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