Posted: July 23, 2008 by dillion in Uncategorized

I’m far from an expert on reggae, ska, or dancehall, or any of its related genres, so I can’t claim to know that the new album by Grammy winner Lee “Scratch” Perry is a great example of its kind, but I do know that I’m really digging it, and I usually find this kind of music annoying. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Perry, a.k.a. “The Upsetter.” He’s been doing dub for close to 40 years, inspiring Bob Marley and having worked with the likes of The Clash and Junior Murvin. This, Perry’s 54th(!) album is co-produced by Andrew W.K., which probably is part of the reason it has such a “modern” sound. You show me another artist with this many albums under his belt who is still able to make music that sounds relevant. I can’t think of one.

There’s a lot of songs on the album that stand out: The trippy “Fire”; the hot dance number “Pum Pum”; the creepy “Baby Sucker”; and my personal favorite, “Santa Claus.”

  1. Bambina says:

    Oh my God. THIS IS SO AWESOME. Lee Perry is still the king.

  2. Cane says:

    He didnt inspire bob marley he helped shape him. Also perry is the reason for grooves. have you listened his 53 album. granted tehre were a few weaker ones along the years. but id say mr. perry is on top his game just like always. not this game was ever right side up. genius still. conceptual master.

  3. YAHOWAH says:

    David Tibet is on “Baby Sucker”. Nomen est Omen.

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