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Album Review

After leaving the Wailers behind, Bunny Wailer (born Neville Livingston) wasted no time establishing himself as a highly original and visionary singer and songwriter on his own. His solo debut remains one of the most extraordinary albums of the roots period, a complex but instantly attractive and occasionally heartbreaking record that never rises above a whisper in tone but packs as much political and spiritual wallop as the best of Bob Marley's work. Critics have been praising this album for more than 25 years, and they generally (and quite rightly) focus on the quality of such songs as the quietly ferocious "Fighting Against Conviction" (aka "Battering Down Sentence"), the classic repatriation anthem "Dreamland," and the apocalyptic "Amagideon," but the song that pulls you into Bunny Wailer's magical web of mystical Rastafarianism is the first one, in which Wailer recalls being warned by his mother to avoid Rastas ("even the lions fear him") and then describes his eventual conversion, all in a tone of infinite gentleness and sadness at the hardhearted blindness of Babylon. Are there missteps? Maybe one or two: The bluesy "Oppressed Song" never quite gets off the ground, for example. But taken as a whole, Blackheart Man is an astounding achievement by an artist who was, at the time, only at the beginning of what would be a distinguished career.

Customer Reviews


Catchy melodies, hooks aplenty. I won't waste your time going into Bunny's bona fides he's easy to google. This is supposedly his greatest recording and in my opinion, thats a fair assessment. It stands up well to anything his compatriots Marley and Tosh did. Well worth your money.

Buy this one brahdah!

Top three reggae albums of all time, every true dubby fan needs this one. Classic roots sound from one of the true masters. Bunny has a lot to say in this album, wise words for the listener. Spark a spliff and press play, this album is worth every penny and Bunny deserves highest honors for the songs on this joint. A+, jah love


This album is awesome, it is very low key, chilled out, but those qualities do not distract from the profound intensity that this album seethes. Its like being gently slapped in the face with a five hundred pound hammer! Dig it!


Born: April 10, 1947 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

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

As a founding member of the Wailers, and the trio's only surviving member, Bunny Wailer, has become a respected elder statesmen of the Jamaican music scene. His vocal and composing contributions to the Wailers had helped seen to that, while over the years Wailer has endeavored to keep the group's memory alive. But beyond the Wailers' legacy, and his own solo career, the artist has also made a significant mark beyond the music scene. Born Neville O'Riley Livingston on April 10, 1947, in Kingston,...
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