As we have written elsewhere, we love the classic cartoon-style reggae album covers…….and this has it in spades. The artwork was done by Tony McDermott – who was famous for creating most of the famous cartoon Greensleeves album sleeves (like the Scientist albums) in the 1980s.
Alborosie is an interesting character and has only been on the dancehall scene for a few of years, but basically, he’s a white Italian from Sicily who has grown huge dreads and taken up residence in Kingston Jamaica and has made quite a stir on the music scene.
Fortunately for Alborosie, he’s hugely talented so somehow manages to pull it off. The cover shows a cartoon Alborosie leading a chain of people through a wrecked and dirty city, acting as a modern day ‘Pied Piper’ type of character, leading his people ‘out of babylon’ (and probably not back to Sicily) – except that he’s a white Italian with dreads.
The album is actually very good indeed, full of heavy bass-lines, and intelligent and witty singjay lyrics. Definitely one of the best reggae releases of 2009 – as well as being one of the best dancehall album covers for 2009.
- 1. America
- 2. No Cocaine
- 3. Mama She Don’t Like You (Ft. I-Eye)
- 4. Global War
- 5. Money
- 6. Irusalem
- 7. I Can’t Stand It (Ft. Dennis Brown)
- 8. Real Story
- 9. Good Woman
- 10. Dung A Babylon
- 11. One Sound (Ft. Gramps Morgan)
- 12. Humbleness
- 13. Promise Land
- 14. Mr. President
- 15. Operation Uppsala
- 16. Likkle Africa
Listen to I Rusalem by Alborosie:
Listen to ‘Can’t stand it (feat. Dennis Brown)’ by Alborosie: