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Ruth-Ann Brown

Ruth EP

Review by Gary Hill

I originally reviewed Ruth-Ann Brown for a single for the song “Unfamiliar Feelings.” In that review I mentioned that while Brown is billed as a reggae artist, only a little reggae appeared in that piece. Well, it’s still not dominant on every song on this EP, but it’s more prevalent than on the single. All in all, this is actually quite a cool collection of songs that cover a lot of musical styles and show a lot of talent. Ruth-Ann Brown truly is a talented artist. It should be noted that my review of the song “Unfamiliar Feelings” is taken from that earlier review for the sake of consistency. 

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2011  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Here Come the Critics

Percussion, in a beat poetry style, opens this and there’s a short bit of acoustic guitar. Then the percussion dominates again until that acoustic guitar takes on a more song oriented structure and the vocals come across the top. This feels like jazz meets Latin and reggae. It’s a cool tune. That guitar, percussion and voice are the only elements on display on this piece.

I Love You
There’s an introduction section here that’s got a lot of early progressive rock meets classic rock sound to it. It evolves out from that burst of sound into a killer retro tinged reggae jam. This is a great tune and truly shows the reggae off a lot.
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.
Chillin With My Baby

There is more reggae, actually a lot more, on this piece. It’s cool tune that somehow also reminds me a bit of some of Jon Anderson’s solo work.

Jamdown
Acoustic guitar and vocals create the sounds of this number. It’s one of the most purely reggae-based tunes here. A few other instruments are added later, but only as icing on the cake.
 
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