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Reggae - Released April 23, 2021 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released March 26, 2021 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released November 13, 2020 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released September 25, 2020 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released October 18, 2019 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released February 15, 2019 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released July 28, 2017 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released June 29, 2017 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released June 28, 2017 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released September 18, 2015 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released September 11, 2015 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released September 4, 2015 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released August 28, 2015 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released April 10, 1998 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released March 3, 1992 | Observer Music

The great Observer cast a watchful eye outside the studio, took a look around, and set to work on Freaks, his state-of-the-union address, or more accurately, state-of-the-world address, for it plays as well beyond Jamaica as within. Accompanying him on this self- produced album are Steelie & Clevie and the Observer All Stars. The inclusion of a seething cover of Prince Buster's "Black Head Chineyman," Buster's opening shot in his war with Derrick Morgan and Leslie Kong, seems a bit odd at first, but taken in conjunction with "Money Talk" the logic becomes clear -- people would sell their mothers if the price was right. More to the point is the snarling "Don't Test Me" and the laid-back, rootsy "Confusion," flip sides of the same behavioral coin of people desperately trying to cope with modern life. Meanwhile, the dating arena is a minefield, although judging by his pickup lines, Niney appears to be one of the "Freaks" he's singing about. Obviously, "Blood and Fire" is as relevant in the 2000s as it was 20 years before, but the song takes on an almost soothing quality, as if the apocalypse would come as a relief. Also resurrected is "Say What You're Saying," an old Eric Morris number where classic ska is slammed straight into modern dancehall. That's just one of a number of genres that are shaken from their moldering graves. Funk is given a startling innovative workout, the Far East is introduced to the modern sound system, while "It's a Mess" lovingly brings boogie back to life. Lyrically this album is both provocative and thoughtful -- Niney at his songwriting best. Musically, this one of his stronger albums -- the production is magnificent, and finds the artist at his former heights. A fabulous return to form all around. © Jo-Ann Greene /TiVo
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Reggae - Released January 5, 1982 | Observer Music

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Reggae - Released January 1, 1976 | Observer Music