10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Culture’s debut album established the roots reggae group in their Jamaican homeland and in the U.K., where they were embraced by the rising punk movement. The delicious sunny-side-up melodicism, lazy horns, and languid grooves are as addictive here as their spiritual, social, and political insights are intelligent and poetic. The title song is a doomsday warning, “See Them a Come” rails against poverty, and “Pirate Days” is all about divine transformation. Lead singer Joseph Hill was a militant Rasta, and here he’s a street-corner prophet winning true believers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Culture’s debut album established the roots reggae group in their Jamaican homeland and in the U.K., where they were embraced by the rising punk movement. The delicious sunny-side-up melodicism, lazy horns, and languid grooves are as addictive here as their spiritual, social, and political insights are intelligent and poetic. The title song is a doomsday warning, “See Them a Come” rails against poverty, and “Pirate Days” is all about divine transformation. Lead singer Joseph Hill was a militant Rasta, and here he’s a street-corner prophet winning true believers.

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