Alborosie Sound The System on LP
Alborosie, the Italian and now Jamaican artist returned in 2013 with a very honest release in the form of Sound The System. Produced and recorded entirely by himself, including nearly all of the instrumentation, he takes no shortcuts, pursuing his passion for vintage recording techniques, combining it with genuine scholarly knowledge of reggae and matching it with his own mission as an artist, a Rastaman and a citizen of both Jamaica and the world.
The intro to the album is a spoken word message delivered by a Rasta elder, and it sets the tone for a record that doesn't waste any time, it reaches out to fellow artists, asking them to be true to the genre and be themselves. The lead tune, "Play Fool to Catch Wise" reflects Albo's life in Jamaica, absorbing the parables that people often speak there along with the rhyme, "ghetto youth element of surprise." As in, don't try to be beyond reproach, but stay fresh, shine bright, don't join the ranks of those "running from police."
A rare opportunity to cover Bob Marley & The Wailers is presented when Alborosie teams up with Ky-Mani Marley to record "Zion Train," an apropos song for him as he sees reggae as a mission, and encourages us all to play a part in its success. Another rare collaboration here is with Italian pop artist Nina Zilli, who together produce a lovely "Goodbye."