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Reggae - Released August 30, 2019 | VP Records

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Reggae - Released April 19, 2019 | VP Records

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Reggae - Released July 10, 2015 | VP Records

Jah Cure's life story has so many ups and downs one would expect him to be quite a bit more unsettled, but as the reggae singer reaches his mid-thirties, he offers a grace and sense of restraint well beyond his years. It makes his 2015 release The Cure sound like a later-era Beres Hammond record, and that's a high compliment. Cure also has it over Beres in the hipness department, as the great "Corruption" pings and pongs with spacy dub sounds that could have come from some U.K. sound system, while "Made in California" tips its hat to the rock-reggae crews that rule the Golden State, plus the beautiful women who come to their shows. Speaking of, "That Girl" and a cover of John Legend's "All of Me" fill the album's romance requirement, while "I Surrender" is an epic sufferers song the size of Cure's massive hit "Reflection (Prison Walls)," although the man singing here sounds more weathered and much wiser. Think of Anthony B or Sizzla with more warmth, or Tarrus Riley with a Stephen/Damian Marley-sized love of modern sounds, and the magic of The Cure is close at hand. ~ David Jeffries
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Reggae - Released August 21, 2007 | VP Records

The title of his fifth album is likely a veiled reference to the fact that Jah Cure emerged from a prison sentence only days before it was released. However, the songs are not filled with the kind of bitter resentment that one might expect from a young man imprisoned for a rape he swears he didn't commit; nor does it descend into the kind of harsh, anti-Babylonian imprecation that usually typifies Bobo Dread-inspired reggae. Jah Cure has recently come over to a more mainstream brand of Rastafarianism, and it's reflected in the gentler tone of his songs -- titles like "Love Is" and "Most High Cup Full" are indicative of his current mood, as is the prevalence of love songs on this program. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be completely back at full strength yet: his rather whiny delivery undermines the smooth and romantic groove of "To Your Arms of Love," and "Love You" sounds like a demo, and a bad one at that -- it features only acoustic guitar and Cure's ratty, out-of-tune singing. Weird and imbalanced mixes mar several other songs. There are high points, notably the brilliant one-drop anthem "Most High Cup Full" and the righteously catchy "Cease All War," but overall this album feels like it was rushed out to market before it was really ready. ~ Rick Anderson
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Reggae - Released November 4, 2016 | VP Records

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Reggae - Released April 27, 2018 | VP Records

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Reggae - Released January 15, 2008 | VP Records

This really isn't brand new music, for the simple fact that Jah Cure (whose real name is Siccature Alcock) is currently serving a 15-year sentence for firearms possession and rape. Despite that, it's a stunning record, marking Cure as a leading light in roots reggae. There's a glimmer of hope in his voice, a real heartfelt quality that sets him apart from most plying similar trades, and his music, which is mostly original riddims, rather than borrowed, is never in your face or over the top. Instead, he seems to believe that less is more, which means that it actually takes several plays to fully capture everything on "Hanging Slowly" or "Dung In Deh." Of course, it's impossible to hear the lyrics without thinking of his current incarcerated situation (he's actually up for parole soon), but try to take them at face value. He's at his best alone, but there's the inevitable bow to commercial pressures, in the form of duets with Sizzla and Jah Mason. If this is the old stuff, it'll be very interesting to hear what he does after finding his freedom. He'll have a lot to say, that seems certain. For now, this puts him well ahead of the pack. ~ Chris Nickson
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Reggae - Released February 24, 2010 | VP Records

Reggae - Released January 5, 2018 | Tad's Record

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Reggae - Released March 2, 2018 | Tad's Record

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Reggae - Released August 28, 2018 | VP Records

Reggae - Released November 24, 2017 | Tad's Record

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Reggae - Released January 5, 2018 | Tad's Record

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Reggae - Released February 15, 2019 | VP Records

Reggae - Released March 25, 2014 | Sankofa Productions - VPAL Music

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Dancehall - Released March 30, 2018 | Diwali Records

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Reggae - Released July 23, 2013 | John John Records

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Reggae - Released December 10, 2013 | King Jammys Digital Productions

Reggae - Released October 30, 2015 | Maximum Sound

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Reggae - Released September 17, 2013 | Nature’s Way Ent. - VPAL Music

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