UK reggae band Black Roots – one of my favourites alongside Aswad and Black Symbol – reunited in 2012 and the same year they dropped their first album in 20 years – the solid On the Ground. Since then they have been more productive – at least recording-wise – than probably ever before. On the Ground was followed by the heavyweight On the Ground in Dub and the solid Ghetto Feel.
Now it’s time for another full-length set. Son of Man is their second album on French label Soulbeats and it is slightly less militant than its predecessor Ghetto Feel.
Black Roots continues to tread the same path. They still carry potent messages and rely on tight backing vocals and sublime horns. Listen to the beautiful One Ebony Girl with its jazz horns and swinging chorus or the uplifting One Thing with its barbershop shu-bi-doops.
The lead vocals isn’t always pitch perfect, but with its straight-forward sound and infectious melodies Son of Man is still a satisfactory effort.