About two years ago I noticed that American band Easy Star All-Stars topped the Billboard reggae list with their reworked version of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band titled Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band. I remember I was a bit surprised since I hadn’t heard them before.
Now Easy Star All-Stars have managed to put out an album based on their own material.
First Light consists of 14 tunes (16 on the digital version). The vocal duties are nicely shared by Kirsty Rock and Ras I Ray, and give the album a good blend of male and female singing.
Easy Star All-Stars are probably best known for their reinventions of other albums, and this time they have to stand on their own feet. And the result is an album that lacks edge, but certainly has its moments.
Especially the pulsating ganja tune One Likkle Draw with guest artists Junior Jazz and Daddy Lion Chandell and the 60’s flavored Unbelievable featuring singer/guitarist and America’s Got Talent contestant Cas Haley.
But First Light lacks in diversity and it’s too courteous and kind. It is just too easy.