14 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Taj Weekes’ Adowa project is a vehicle for organic Jamaican riddims. While the rhythm team of Burt “Rads” Desiree and Baldwin Brown lock into deep one-drop grooves, the Saint Lucian native applies sweet yet bruised vocals to a host of social justice laments, turning tough topics into gentle anthems of uplift, as on the heartfelt “Here I Stand,” a searing indictment of homophobia, or anti-consumerist slow jam “Life in the Red,” which slips in sounds reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s “Money.” As for “Love Herb & Reggae,” traditional Nyabinghi rhythms frame a celebration of all things Jamaican.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Taj Weekes’ Adowa project is a vehicle for organic Jamaican riddims. While the rhythm team of Burt “Rads” Desiree and Baldwin Brown lock into deep one-drop grooves, the Saint Lucian native applies sweet yet bruised vocals to a host of social justice laments, turning tough topics into gentle anthems of uplift, as on the heartfelt “Here I Stand,” a searing indictment of homophobia, or anti-consumerist slow jam “Life in the Red,” which slips in sounds reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s “Money.” As for “Love Herb & Reggae,” traditional Nyabinghi rhythms frame a celebration of all things Jamaican.

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