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Singin' In the Heart

H.R.

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Album Review

Listening to this album, it's easy to conclude that HR is one of the most naturally talented reggae and pop singers out there — and also that he isn't particularly discriminating about his material or arrangements. Singin' in the Heart has two excellent songs that are really well performed: the sunny title cut and the magnificent, brooding "Don't Trust No (Shadows After Dark)." It's significant that fellow Bad Brains alumnus Earl Hudson joins in on the latter, since it's the only song on the album that has an interesting backbeat and a challenging guitar line. Elsewhere the arrangements are simple and unexciting, which is a shame because even the mediocre tunes are rendered listenable by HR's silky vocalizing. HR could sing the phone directory and have it sound good, but on this album the great cuts set such a high standard that the others sound pale by comparison.

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Singin' in the Heart of Ras Tafari Makonnen

This album paired with charge is a special treat. Especially if you're goin' to Treat Street like H.R. Blow Dem Herbs to these dubs. We'll never give up. Gonna keep on fighting. Rasta Time. Buy it. Buy everything H.R. has. They need to put his Railroad Records up two. Our Faith and I Luv. and Rock of Enoch. and Out Of Bounds and I can't wait for Hey Wella. 3 more days! JAH RASTAFARI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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