Ivorian reggae superstar Alpha Blondy recently dropped his 18th studio album. I’ve been listening to him since the 90s and really enjoy his 80s efforts, especially Apartheid Is Nazism and Jah Glory.
This new album – Positive Energy – comes with twelve tracks and is classic Alpha Blondy. His sound has more or less remained intact since the 80s. He’s a master of creating grand arrangements, majestic backing vocals, pulsating bass lines and sing-a-long choruses aimed for big stadiums and arenas. He’s like the U2 of reggae.
Positive Energy is nothing like his excellent efforts from about 30 years ago, but it’s still a pretty enjoyable set with its uplifting vibes and hefty grooves.