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Having explored everything from party anthems to militant Rastafarian politics on their early releases, British reggae group Steel Pulse finally settled into the perfectly balanced sound that would come to define them on True Democracy. The raw, pointed lyrics of the confrontational "A Who Responsible" and biting "Man No Sober" are juxtaposed with unapologetically slick production and sophisticated, layered arrangements, especially on tracks like the fluid "Leggo Beast". This is Steel Pulse in their most mature, fully realised form.


Formed: 1975 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Steel Pulse were one of Britain's greatest reggae bands, rivaled only by Aswad in terms of creative and commercial success. Generally a protest-minded Rastafarian outfit, Steel Pulse started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music, and earned a substantial audience among white U.K. punks as well. Their 1978 debut, Handsworth Revolution, is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. As the '80s wore on, slick synthesizers and elements...
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