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Album Review

Few voices are as unique as former Bad Brains frontman H.R., but like other like-minded artists like Jello Biafra, little mainstream attention has been paid to his solo efforts. On this 17 track compilation released by SST, his best material outside of the Bad Brains is put together into a solid collection that reflects his interesting musical tastes. The songs taken from Charge are of the pop-reggae variety, from the Wailing Souls-style "Let Luv Lead the Way" to the catchy "Shame in Dem Game." His dub efforts, like "Fool's Gold (Dub)," show a mature sense of space and subtlety that are only hinted at in his punk work. And the odd, keyboard laced tracks from Human Rights are no less interesting, feeling like a mix of the dark pop of pre-Mike Patton Faith No More and the joyful soulfulness of Bob Marley. Fans of his aggressive punk music may be disappointed, but open minded fans will probably enjoy the expressive, powerful music found on this album.

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Can you accept the exceptions?

I was turned on to HR when I saw him live in Chicago in 1990. I quickly grabbed all four of his albums. Although this compilation won't disappoint you, I have to say that what's most notable about it are the songs not included. His two most powerful songs are missing: "Living Souls" from the Charge album, which is what I consider to be that album's defining track; and "Happy Birthday My Son" from the the HR Tapes 84-86 album -- a track that encapsulates the angst and suffering that's at the heart of HR and Bad Brains, the reason why they're music is so powerful.

Just buy his Records.

This is my first Manuscript I've ever gotten of H.R. It is a good collection but the only reason I got it was because I couldn't find his other ones. Then I found them all on amazon. they are: HR Tapes 84-86, Human Rights, Singin' In The Heart, Charge, I Luv, Rock of Enoch, Our Faith, and Out of Bounds. All of them are amazing. Just check em out.

Biography

Born: February 11, 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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