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One of the best low-key and positive groove albums.
on October 30, 2005
I own a whole lot of music and listen to a whole lot of music of different styles. This is album remains within my favorite 10 albums ever.
I bought this after getting the very popular 'Same Song' stuck in my head. The rest of the album only gets better.
These 3 Rastafarians (which I learned is a concept somewhere between a lifestyle and a religion) create true, comforting, positive and beautiful harmonies.
True because the lyrics are about their subject of interest: Rastafarianism, Jah, a highly regarded King of Ethiopia, and general peace and justice. That may sound like some boring subjects initially but they seem to really mean their words. They don't speak them just because they're popular to sing about. And if you learn about the background of these subjects in relation to Israel Vibration it will make it more meaningful. It isn't a requirement that the listener understand the subject. As with nearly all music, you can fit your own ideas over their lyrics.
Comforting, Positive because the lyrics are also hopeful, positive and poetic. I can relate because it feels like they really mean the peace/love of humankind/jah things they say. And you don't have to be rastafarian or any particular religion to agree with their positive message.
For me the beautiful harmonies help to drive the message home. As if they are really divinely inspired to create their music. I get the same feeling as when listening to Marvin Gaye's "What's Happening Brother". I think soulful is an appropriate adverb.
My favorite right now is "Ball of Fire". This song moves in a slow, gentle rhythm that glides perfectly along with the "ball of fire" chorus.
The other album I have heard is Unconquered People. That is a good reggae album but doesn't have as much of the rich and slow harmonies like Same Song.
An interesting debate essay I found while googling israel vibration. The essay is titled "RASTAMAN VIBRATION: Israel Vibration by Jason Levy"