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  • Pirate [Mango, 1986] B+
  • Here Comes the Hotstepper [Columbia, 1995] **

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Pirate [Mango, 1986]
If reggae all sounds the same, this is something else. Kamoze's vocals match Richard Dunn's sheets of synth, which are more art-rock than lover's rock. "Betty Brown's Mother" is a long overdue answer to Ernie K-Doe and sequel to Herman's Hermits. And Robbie Shakespeare's riddim guitar leads the sliding headlong groove of "Rough." B+

Here Comes the Hotstepper [Columbia, 1995]
belated one-shot occasions belated mid-'80s comp as belated minor Sly & Robbie album ("Here Comes the Hotstepper," "Rough") **