What I mean is that stuff like Bob Marley or UB40 leaves me cold. I just find it all a bit samey, predictable and dull. And yes, I know this is coming from someone who loves hip hop! I try, every now and then, but I just don’t like it. The recent Rolling Stone had a little buyer’s guide for reggae, but I didn’t like the albums I tried from their list.
However, I do like the odd track, like Poor & Needy by Misty In Roots, and I am enjoying some stuff by Linton Kwesi Johnson that a mate gave me. I also really like the reggae influenced bits on albums by Massive Attack and Leftfield. I guess it’s the more atmospheric, darker type of thing that I like, rather than the more lively, popular stuff, and maybe reggae influenced rather than reggae itself.
I’ll continue to periodically listen to the more popular reggae albums to see if my view has changed. After all, it took me donkeys years till I got The Fall or Tom Waits, both of whom I enjoy listening to now. But with what I’ve said above is there anything else that anyone would recommend?