CD Review: Lorenzo, Movin’ Ahead

Lorenzo, Movin Ahead www.irieites.net 

There may have been a time when I would have been excited about this album – probably when reggae was relatively new to me, when solid rhythms, a mix featuring lots of horns and other musical textures, and apparent sincerity in the vocals and lyrics were sufficient to bring a smile to my face and a skank to my step. But I’ve grown up a bit, and listened to a wealth of other albums of reggae’s roots, trunks and branches, and now it takes something special to satisfy. So put it down to too much exposure if you want, but I need something unique or challenging or at least mildly different. I don’t hear any of that on Movin’ Ahead. 

 

As I’ve implied, however, if all I still needed was my standard fix of competent, contemporary rootsy-ish reggae, then sure, I’d turn to Lorenzo for it. The mostly Rasta themes, along with a smattering of the love stuff and the social commentary stuff, are well supported by the usual arrangements and somehow-familiar tunes, and a couple of guest appearances (Chezidek and Spectacular) provide a little variety. The whole thing – over an hour – flows by without bumps or jolts. And that’s the problem.

 



About Ted Boothroyd :

Ted has enjoyed music all his increasingly lengthy life. He has gone through various favorite artists along the way, from his mommy crooning lullabies at crib side to his dad singing folk songs on car trips to The Everly Brothers to Ian and Sylvia to The Dave Brubeck Quartet to The Lovin’ Spoonful to The Kinks to The Miracles to Ravi Shankar to Tchaikovsky to Pentangle to Miriam Makeba to The Red Army Chorus and Band to Captain Beefheart to Gilbert and Sullivan to The McGarrigle Sisters to The Clash to Louis Jordan to The Flying Bulger Klezmer Band to Manu Chao. He has trouble choosing favorites when it comes to reggae - that fixation has been too longstanding and too complete. Ted started writing about music late in 2002 with a book review in The Beat, continuing with book and album reviews until the magazine's untimely passing. His association with Jahworks.org dates back to 2003, and he has hosted a couple of radio shows featuring reggae and "world music". Ted also sculpts in plaster and wood. | View all posts by Ted Boothroyd

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Ted has enjoyed music all his increasingly lengthy life. He has gone through various favorite artists along the way, from his mommy crooning lullabies at crib side to his dad singing folk songs on car trips to The Everly Brothers to Ian and Sylvia to The Dave Brubeck Quartet to The Lovin’ Spoonful to The Kinks to The Miracles to Ravi Shankar to Tchaikovsky to Pentangle to Miriam Makeba to The Red Army Chorus and Band to Captain Beefheart to Gilbert and Sullivan to The McGarrigle Sisters to The Clash to Louis Jordan to The Flying Bulger Klezmer Band to Manu Chao. He has trouble choosing favorites when it comes to reggae - that fixation has been too longstanding and too complete.

Ted started writing about music late in 2002 with a book review in The Beat, continuing with book and album reviews until the magazine's untimely passing. His association with Jahworks.org dates back to 2003, and he has hosted a couple of radio shows featuring reggae and "world music". Ted also sculpts in plaster and wood.

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