Italian-born Jamaican resident Alborosie is back with 2 Times Revolution, his third album to date. It is jam-packed with his distinctive heavy patois singjay-style and has influences from Europe, the Caribbean and North and South America.
2 Times Revolution is both accessible and complex. Accessible because of the infectious melodies and grooves on tunes such as the sun drenched Grow Your Dreads with its wicked piano or the rolling Soul Train. Complex because of the many styles, influences and novelties utilized. However, that is also one of the album’s several strengths.
Because this is an album that makes you happy. And it is obvious that Alborosie has had a blast in the studio when he recorded and produced 2 Times Revolution. Raggamuffin is probably the best example. Or the Manu Chao-like La Revolucion with its acoustic guitar and melancholic trumpet.
The digital release of this album features the bonus track Games. Be sure to check that one out. It is a great 80’s inspired tune somewhat similar to Games People Play, originally recorded by Joe South, but covered to great effect by Bob Andy in the late 60’s/early 70’s.
If this album will start one or two revolutions remains to be seen. But if this is the soundtrack to the revolution you will certainly find me in the frontline along with Pupa Albo. Viva!