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Various Best Seven Selections

Reggae's been hot for years now, and the bandwagon is full of quick-change artists hoping for a fast buck. This is not what Best Seven Selections is about-instead, the compilation's 12 standout cuts deftly blend together timeless reggae and soul that steers clear of the paper chase. "This Room" by DJ Fitchie and Joe Dukie (a.k.a. Wellington, N.Z. singer Dallas) uses a dancehall rhythm and horns with Dukie's smooth vocals, a combination reprised successfully on "Hope" by the same artists under the moniker Fat Freddy's Drop. Jazzanova and Ursula Rucker chip in "Keep Falling," showcasing the power of Rucker's lyrics. It's hard to find a track here that isn't worth at least a listen or two.

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