Making a concept cover album is not new in reggae music, and that it can be successful is proven by Easy Star All-Stars and their albums Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band and Radiodread.
Battle for Seattle is a collection of ten songs originally recorded by Nirvana now performed in a reggae style.
Prince Fatty has assembled some veteran soldiers for the project. Legendary Little Roy takes the lead on the microphone singing better than ever. He’s backed by Mafia, from Mafia & Fluxy, Bubblers, from the Ruff Cut band, Junior Marvin, prior with The Wailers, and George Dekker from The Pioneers.
They fight in an old-fashioned style armed with tape and vintage analog equipment. The result is authentic reggae that echoes from the 70’s.
To win the battle for Seattle they have taken on some of Nirvana’s biggest hits, but also some lesser known tunes such as Very Ape from the In Utero album. Most people will recognize Come as You Are, Heart-Shaped Box and Lithium, even though these versions are far from the originals. The melodies are clearer and so is the singing and lyrics.
I’ve never been a fan of neither Nirvana nor grunge, but this album has been on repeat for several days now. Little Roy and Prince Fatty have definitely conquered Seattle and hopefully fans of Nirvana will join their army too.