Living In The Flood
Introduced to a new generation by his work with Massive Attack, Andy is a silken-voice warbler from pre-ragga Jamaica...
Some of it, desperate to cover as many marketing options as possible, is indeed embarrassing. The songbird constricted inside dreadlock'd holiday manoeuvres, starched-shirt businessman reggae and sickly pop sap. But thankfully Andy has not forsaken his core strength as a voice of reggae conscience. His interpretation of the timeless street-kid ballad 'Johnny Too Bad' is fraught and deeply felt, he brings a sanctified longing to the last days prophesy of the title track, co-written with Joe Strummer, and the self-penned 'Don't Blame The Children' is astonishing, a cry against violence that simultaneously acknowledges its heavily marketed glamour.
Other collaborations - with Massive's 3D on 'Doldrums' - are less successful. But this is far from a failure - emerging proud and resilient, the Andy vocal is a precious resource that won't weaken - no matter how inappropriate the setting.
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