Luciano Hail the Comforter Review

Album. Released 2005.  

BBC Review

...a worthy addition to Luciano's considerable canon...

Simon Coates 2005

One of the most successful purveyors of modern roots and reality reggae, Luciano has taken the mantle of the likes of Dennis Brown and Garnet Silk and rewoven it into a style that is very much his own, a fact never more evident than here.This album works both as a worthy addition to Luciano's considerable canon, and as a snap-shot of modern-day roots music.

Recorded under the auspices of Chris 'Coxsone Hunt', son of legendary producer Clive Hunt,Luciano sings over what is largelya selection of vintage rhythms.

On most of the set Hunt simply lets the singer'srich baritone do the work, keeping the musical background uncluttered and clean, allowing the listener to focus on the warmth of his voice."Wandering Woman" is little more than a flute lick and a chugging rhythm section, whilst the presence of renowned saxophonist Dean Frazer on "Work Things Out" is almost that of a spectator. Even the appearance of firebrand Bobo dread Anthony B on "Too Greedy" is less irritating that it could have been.

The title track,which takes its rhythm from Mr Perfect's "Hand Cart Boy", underscores Luciano's commitment to his role of the humble messenger; a griot whose crusade is to impart the teachings of Rastafari.

Reggae music is notorious for re-working its previous glories, and Luciano will always invoke the halcyon days of 1970's roots reggae. But if Dennis Brown happens to hear this album on the celestial radio, you feel sure he will gaze down benevolently on one of his most productive and talented disciples.

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