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Love Life by Black Dillinger

Love Life by Black Dillinger

Love Life by Black Dillinger

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South African Reggae star Black Dillinger releases a great second album.


I don’t actually celebrate Christmas myself, but it is right around the corner and should you find yourself having to do some shopping for that special Reggae fan in your life, there are several very strong albums releasing this December which should grab your attentions, but for my money (and no, I’m not buying you anything), one of the best stocking stuffers of the lot is 'Love Life', the sophomore effort from South African Reggae star, Black Dillinger. The album comes via the same Germany based IMMusic label who has been largely responsible for the artist’s output since his debut album, the excellent , reached for MZKWO back in 2007. That album was "excellent", but this album is MUCH better.

'Love Life' is outstanding and it spans a downright obese twenty tracks, sans intro, outro or interlude. Reggae heads are almost sure to be impressed by early efforts like the very solid Bobby Digital producer opener ‘From A Place’ on which Dillinger beautifully paints a picture of Africa from his own experience and the title track which arguably tops it as Black Dillinger rides the powerful punch line, “Love life so that Jah can bless you”. That quality level established early flows through such tracks as the popular ’Dem A Pressure We’ and single 'Realize'; then there's my choice as the album’s finest, Bobby Digital’s second vibe for the album, the devastating ’One Big Nation’. The middle portions of the album offers changeups such as the Soca tinged, highly addictive ’No More Ur Desire’, the Dancehall-ish ‘Sexy Girls’ and the hip-hoppofied ‘We Will Overcome which features the infinitely talented label mate Rebellion the Recaller. And you’ll also notice previous singles like ‘America’ from IM’s huge Gangstalaw riddim and ‘It’s All Right’ from the Grow With Me.

And then there’s the end of the album . . . Combinations of all kinds jump in! The most attractive on paper was ‘Only Jah Knows’ which features fellow potential star Cali P, but you’ll also find input from Crosby, who you probably don’t know, but probably will soon; there’s ‘Love For You’ on which Black Dillinger is joined by highly regarded German based singer Yah Meek; ‘Binghi Chant’, where you’ll find the criminally overlooked and underrated Mark Wonder and ’Red, Gold & Green’ where Dillinger and IMMusic welcomes none other than TERROR FABULOUS. No, the song isn’t some abstract reincarnate of Action (but wouldn’t that be cool?) and instead it’s simply one of the strongest tunes on the album altogether.

So, for the most discerning of Reggae heads on your list this holiday season, you may want to pick a copy of Black Dillinger’s 'Love Life', probably the biggest album of the season and definitely one of the biggest of what has been a LOVELY 2009 (or, just buy it for yourself, you are reading a Reggae site after all, aren’t you?).

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Posted by Mike on 02.20.2011
Its a shame - I cant find the cd to buy!! I dont buy MP3! Do you know a shop where i can buy the album?


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