Busy Signal: Reggae Music Again
The reggae music gods have answered my prayers and heard my pleas. In my quest to find something that gives me hope for the future of the music and can still remind me of the better days of the music, the gods have sent me Busy Signal and his newest effort called Reggae Music Again. This album is more than solid. It borders on the side of great. Maybe in a different era, the album might not be considered to be great. But given the state that the music is in today, this album stands out the way The Harder They Come stood out as a soundtrack in 1972 and the way Catch a Fire stands out as a Wailers' Island Records debut and even more recently, the way Til Shiloh took the reggae world by storm back in 1995.
The album brings about a certain amount of nostalgia. I will give VP records a lot of credit as well for bringing forth and endorsing this effort. I think it is their best release of an album which features predominately unreleased material since VP released Sizzla's Da Real Thing back in 2002. In my opinion Kingston Town, 119, and Modern Day Slavery border on being legendary dancehall tunes that can still get a forward 20 years down the road on this Busy Signal album. Those are by far stand out tracks in my humble opinion. If you can, support this album. It is a reminder of what the music used to be, and the potential the music still has.
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."