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Luciano is on a crusade against slackness

Ok, so my over exposure light started flashing again when I noticed that Luciano was going to put out his third full length album in a year.

However, just like Write My Name – his second album in 2010 – my expectations are exceeded. Rub a Dub Market is yet another strong effort from this veteran roots singer.

Vienna-based IrieVibrations has handled the production duties. And their collaboration with Luciano have proven fruitful before with tunes such as Always Around on the Caribbean riddim and the up tempo ska outing Feeling for Love on the Work Off riddim. Both included on this new set.

Luciano moves effortless between lovers rock lyrics and more cultural and conscious ditto. He is on a crusade against the direction reggae music is heading.

On the title track on his previous album he sung “All veterans and all apprentice, open up your ears and listen to this, we come fi bun up corruption and trample slackness and put the roots music number one pon the list.”

On the title track for Rub a Dub Market the theme is familiar. He sings “…them making music to gain some fame, but is all in vain…roots and culture wear the crown.” It’s an appeal to the reggae business and targets the fast moving digital production.

The riddims are well crafted and played with live instruments. Luciano’s choruses are just as grandiose and beautiful as ever. Just listen to Only You Jah or Voice of a Trumpet.

I can’t help to be impressed by Luciano. Three huge sets in a year. It’s hard to beat that.

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Luciano strikes twice in 2010

Luciano recently dropped his second album in 2010 and I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about Write My Name when I first read about it. Why? Luciano has put out too many mediocre albums in recent years. In my view the Frenchie produced set United States of Africa – released in July – was his first great album since Serious Times that dropped in 2004.

So I naturally thought that Write My Name would be a huge disappointment. But I was mistaken. Seriously mistaken. Because Write My Name is a great album. Maybe not as great as United States of Africa, but definitely one of Luciano’s better albums in the 21st century.

Write My Name is produced by Rawle Collins and was recorded in Atlanta, U.S. All compositions are fresh and written by Luciano himself. This is makes this set a bit different from the Frenchie album, which included some previously released tunes co-written by others.

Album starter Taking Off sets the pace. Its slow, almost musical, beginning is just a chimaera. After 20 seconds its driving chorus is in full swing and Luciano certainly shows who’s the man.

From there on it’s a very pleasant journey with some great one drop riddims, nyabinghi flavor and 70’s soul. Check Miles Away with its sneaking beat and sensual groove.

The one thing this album lacks though is some horns. Now these arrangements are handled by keyboard which is not nearly as good as the original thing.

Luciano has once again proven that he is a force to be reckoned with in reggae music.

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