Monthly Archives: September 2012
Rebirth is the first studio album in seven years from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Working with producer Tim Armstrong from Rancid, the thirteen songs bring the best of what you expect from a Jimmy Cliff album; it pays proper homage to the past, while including a relevant sound, feel and message for today. As it should be, the opening track World Upside Down sets the tone of the album with Cliff’s distinctive voice singing about the state of the world today. One More is an infectious sing-along and Reggae Music is the autobiographical tale of his musical history. Poetically, the covers included on the album; The Clash’s Guns of Brixton and Rancid’s Ruby Soho, perfectly close the circle of master paying tribute to his apprentices.
Jimmy Cliff is one of few artists who actually ARE a voice of a generation. He hugely influenced the direction of the reggae, rock-steady and ska music along with Peter Tosh and Bob Marley. His starring role and songs in the classic reggae gangster movie The Harder They Come has cemented his place in history. He is a Grammy award winning artist who has earned his place in the Hall of Fame.