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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.

Customer Reviews

True to roots as any great reggae album

An all around solid album. I came close to giving it a five star but some of the songs are still growing on me. In terms of production it is in a class like many of the great roots albums coming out now although it has that 70s feel to it. It is to me a concept album in its own right. The theme of slavery and the experience of the black diaspora resonates throughout. Perfect is proving himself to be a great artist on the verge of stardom. Keep it up soldier.

PERFECT FAILS TO DISAPPOINT

Perfect has reggae aurned with a masterpiece of an album. This album is will go down as one of the best reggae albums of all time. Each song commands the listener to travel on the journey with Perfect, through slavery, suffering and pain. But the album is, rather than depressing, UPLIFTING. Thanks Perfect for making beautiful music.

Very good.

a solid very very solid reggae album ... the album art work is beautiful ... one of my favorites in a long long time ... no favorite song ... an awesome album from start to end, seriously ... best reggae album of 2008 ... putsheart and soul out there on every track ... if you've never heard this album, LISTEN NOW! BUY NOW! Download the whole album it's worth every penny. Born dead with life, WTC 9/11, Love in your Heart, Smile, 30 Pieces ... all excellent songs. BIG UP Perfect! GIDDIMANI!

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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music
  • Released: Jul 25, 2008
  • Clean

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