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Ruth-Ann Brown

Ruth Single

Review by Gary Hill

Ruth-Ann Brown is billed as a reggae singer and this is a single from her debut album. From this song, I would agree in that label only to a small amount. There is certainly a good amount of fusion here, in the musical arrangement. There really is little reggae in the vocals to this piece, but rather more of a soulful pop sound. All in all, it’s a great song and the acapella and instrumental versions each bring a different flavor to the piece. I’d love to hear more from Ruth-Ann Brown. She has a lot of potential.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2011  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Unfamiliar Feelings

A pop reggae sort of groove makes up this cut. It’s fun and catchy. It’s definitely got a lot of reggae vibe, but also has hints of Traffic-like fusion. Mind you, those are minor hints. This is really a pop tune, and a cool one at that.

Unfamiliar Feelings (Acapella)
Truth in advertising, this is an acapella version of the cut. The vocals-only approach lets the pop (and actually soulful) elements really stand out. It’s an interesting change from the full arrangement.
Unfamiliar Feelings (Instrumental)
When the vocals are stripped away, the instruments really shine. In this telling it seems like early War meets Traffic.
 
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