Horace Andy & Ashley Beedle Inspiration Information
- Words: Eric K. Arnold
- Label: Strut
- XLR8R Rating: 6.5/10
Any doubts about venerable reggae legend Horace Andy’s continued relevance can be safely laid to rest by his recent solo album, On Tour, and this latest collaboration with U.K. studio wizard Ashley Beedle. Andy’s voice still sounds well criss—an amazing thing considering that he’s been recording for 40 years. Beedle’s minimal beats aim somewhere between electro and dancehall but fall just a bit short, lacking both roots reggae’s cultural authenticity and dubstep’s futuristic innovation. The set hits its zenith with “The Light,” which mixes Middle-Eastern riddims and Rasta-affirming consciousness, and “Angie,” a flamenco-inflected take on the Rolling Stones classic that suggests an all-covers Andy album could have been both irie and sublime.
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