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Album Review

Carried by the hit "Can't Help Falling in Love," Promises and Lies finishes UB40's transition from a reggae band to an adult-contemporary band that plays reggae-pop. Fans of the single will be satisfied by Promises and Lies, but older fans will find the whole affair rather dismaying.

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Solid album

Not one of their most well known albums but I feel it's the most complete one.

Great summer album

A mostly unknown and forgotten great album. UB40 do a great job of arranging the songs, paying attention to order as to set a great vibe throughout. Put it on, turn it up, and just enjoy how it makes you feel!

Biography

Formed: 1978 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Reggae

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

Named after a British unemployment benefit form, pop-reggae band UB40 were formed in a welfare line in 1978, and their multiracial lineup reflected the working-class community their members came from. The band consolidated its street credibility with political topics appealing to dissatisfied youth and got a boost from fans of the waning 2-Tone ska revival movement. Brothers Robin (lead guitar) and Ali Campbell (guitar, lead vocals) formed the centerpiece of the group, which also included bassist...
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