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Those who want nothing more than Rasta-metal screech coming from the throat of Bad Brains should pass on this solo disc. Those who skanked to the reggaefied groove of H.R.'s (aka Joseph 1, Paul Hudson) so-so earlier discs on Olive Tree should like this tons...Rather than go for a standard roots/dancehall style, the accent is on a harder, Parliament-style proto-gogo with touches of soul and jazz. Granted, it lacks the insane intensity of The Brains' work, but it succeeds on subtler levels. Lyrically, there are no surprises — plenty of peace and love vibes and rote Jah worship, but the band (Brains' Earl Hudson, drums; Kenny Dread, bass; David Byers, guitar; and Oscar Brown, Jr., keys) is tight without being tightassed, and give more than adequate support to H.R.'s croon-to-whine vocals... ~ John Dougan, Option s2_88, Rovi


Born: 11 February 1956 in London, England

Genre: Rock

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

Iconoclastic, enigmatic and angst-ridden are words used to describe former front man for the punk/thrash metal group Bad Brains, H.R. (Ras Hailu Gabriel Joseph I). A devout Rastafarian, H.R.'s songs, a seamless blend of singing, rap and African chanting, demand social and economic equality and an end to oppression and racism. He got his start with the Washington, D.C.-based Bad Brains, and sang with them through the '80s. H.R. periodically left to pursue his own career, returning only to make a few...
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