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Why ‘AcousticaLevy’ should win the reggae Grammy

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There are countless reasons why Barrington Levy’s AcousticaLevy should win the Grammy for Best Reggae Album.  It is an album with a tremendous sound thanks to the outstanding guitar-playing of Lamont “Monty” Savory of the C Sharp band and the brilliant and skillful production by Handel Tucker.  It captures a magnificent vocal performance from one of reggae’s most talented and distinctive vocalists – a man whose voice is synonymous with the transformative post-Marley era of reggae.  As I stated in my review of the album, “Levy’s voice is raw and unfiltered – every bit as soulful and smooth as it was when he burst upon the sound system scene in the late 1970s, catching the ears of Jamaica’s top producers. Unlike many of today’s lackluster singers, whose voices often require modulation, Levy’s voice stands alone, unmodulated, and backed by nothing more than an acoustic guitar.”

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Of course we also love this album because our good friend Doctor Dread is the executive producer of the project, the very first release on his new label Doctor Dread Music/Tafari Music. In fact, I had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica with Doc in December 2014 to interview Barrington about the album.  He gave me such an amazing interview, recounting pivotal points in his career and reasoning about the state of reggae today.

AcousticaLevy is clearly the best recorded performance by a reggae artist to be released in 2015 and should win the Grammy hands down.  Its not even close in my opinion.

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  1. Totally void of any hint of the bass reggae lovers love so, made it hard to fully enjoy.

    1. midnightraverblog says:

      I get that. However, Levy’s vocal performance is nothing short of stunning and the production is really top-notch, which is why I think it deserves to win.

  2. Roots says:

    This album not even close to Barrington levy best. Robin hood, English man etc

  3. midnightraverblog says:

    Who said it was Barrington Levy’s best album? I didn’t say that. His best IMHO is ‘Teach Me Culture.’

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