Album Review: Little Roy - 'Battle For Seattle'

Loving reggae covers of Nirvana classics

Album Review: Little Roy - 'Battle For Seattle'

Album Info

  • Release Date: September 5, 2011
  • Label: Ark
  • Fact: He has previously worked with Lee "Scratch" Perry and The Wailers
7 / 10 It feels too easy to criticise this kind of release, such is the instant popularity of rock-gone-reggae cover albums nowadays. After Soul Jazz kicked off the trend with 2001’s sublime ‘Studio One Soul’, what could be perceived as mawkish cash-in after mawkish cash-in followed, with rootsy Radiohead, dub The Beatles and dubbier Pink Floyd. Now – finally, you shout! – Nirvana get the same treatment, with the likes of ‘Come As You Are’, ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ and ‘About A Girl’ reworked by rocksteady elder Little Roy. But this is a loving project, that’s all. No tedious intentions, no major fuck-ups, just subtle versions of classic songs that actually end up taking them somewhere new.

Matt Wilkinson

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