Sister Carol’s new album Live No Evil is a somewhat unbalanced set. It offers plenty of conscious preaching about organic living and sing-a-long choruses, but also plastic instrumentation and poorly arranged vocal parts.
Sister Carol has been around for a long, long time and is an important female deejay and is hopefully a role model to many up and coming female artists. Born in Jamaica, mentored by no other than Brigadier Jerry and nowadays living in the U.S., she has dropped more than ten albums, always being culturally aware and always staying true to her deejay roots.
On Live No Evil – put out on her own label – she chants in an old school style over a broad variety of riddims. The tempo is often high and the riddims are built on a combination of electronic and acoustic instrumentation.
Live No Evil is a serious title, but the music is mostly uplifting and fun. This is partly thanks to several bawling choruses and familiar melodies, for example Yellowman’s Morning Ride on Jill-Cuzzi and Paul Simon’s Mother and Child Reunion on Muma n Pickney, a duet with her daughter Nakeeba Amaniyea.
Highlights are, however, Mama Earth, a version of Dennis Brown’s Melting Pot, the nyabinghi-flavored album opener Go Green and the moody The World.
Despite a few faults, Live No Evil as an exciting musical affair.