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Serious Times

Luciano

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Album Review

Luciano is one of the most prolific artists on the roots and conscious dancehall scene. He's been cranking out several albums per year over the last decade, but what's really impressive is the consistently high quality of his work despite its quantity. This is partly due to the high regard in which he is held by many of Jamaica's top producers, who seem to hold their finest rhythms in reserve for him. On Serious Times, Luciano is working with veterans Joel Chin and Dean Fraser, who help him build powerful dancehall and modern roots grooves over which to sing his anthems of praise and admonition. The program consists largely of original songs, among which the title track and the Marley-esque "Alpha & Omega" are particular highlights. But there are some excellent cover versions as well, and a couple of them are rather surprising: Luciano's version of the José Feliciano classic "Come Down Father" sounds perfectly suited to its neo-roots setting here, and he also delivers a solid, if less distinctive, cover of Sangie Davis' "This Feeling." His rendition of Harry Nilsson's "Echoes of My Mind" (which baby boomers will remember from the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack) is given a solidly skanking rocksteady treatment that works surprisingly well. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

DR.TH.FOSTER

This a superb compilation on really concious songs that is a must have.

Give praise

Na true conscious Ire man. This album is dope. Keep the fire burning.

True to God

The flow is Great and a must have on those rainy days. Praise God for his righteous performers. Peace

Biography

Born: October 20, 1964 in Davey Town, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

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

A superstar in his native Jamaica, Luciano combines his love of God and beauty into a soulful, spiritual blend of rock and R&B-tinged reggae. Born Jepther McClymont in Davey Town, he began his musical career singing in church and moved to Kingston to pursue music professionally. After McClymont had worked with prominent reggae producers like Herman Chin-Loy and labels like Aquarius and Sky High, Homer Harris of Blue Mountain changed McClymont's name. Now known as Luciano, he released singles...
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