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Following their highly acclaimed 'Perception' album, Fertile Ground are back with another classic that will heal your woes, uplifit your spirit and have you groovin' to their deeply funky hybrid of jazz-fuelled soul. Led by the magisterial voice of astra
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While Brand New Heavies "acid-jazz" style is more funk-rooted, Fertile Ground's aesthetic leans more toward jazz. They do draw/incorporate many different influences in their musical arrangments from reggae, salsa, and funk. Like, Jamiroquai, Michiru, and the Brand New Heavies - Fertile Ground's lyrics aim at increasing listeners' self-esteem, spiritual, and introspective process. Their lyrics also are nicely politically conscious.
Although there are a number of highlights on this album, I have a few favorites. The title song, "Seasons Change" is a magnificent jazzy number - rooted deeply in the Acid-Jazz tradition.
"Dance" is another favorite of mine on this album. It starts off with a jazz vibe - the lead singer scatting throughout it, but then the musical arrangments saunter into AfroCuban salsa vibe. "Culture Bandits," another nice one, veers into reggae/dancehall - I especially love the bassy downbeat on this "Bandits..." "One Mo Gin" is another favorite. "More to Life" is another jazzy introspective piece. There are few filler songs on this album, which was very nice.
This album is nice to listen on chilly, rainy days...or any day you feel like the weight of the world is getting you down. This is an album to pick you up. I'm sure this album is not for everyone, so check out samples of this album, and even the lyrics if you can find them. But, if you do like this album, I'd also recommend Brand New Heavies' "Brothers and Sisters" or Jamiroquai's "Travelling without Moving" or Monday Michiru's "Delicious Poison."
Like my Julie Dexter "Dexterity" CD and a few others, I grabbed this one 2 weeks before it was released, by seeing them perform on thier promotional tour in Atlanta in May. This is the best CD I own from any band in any era. This CD contains 16 beautiful tracks of soulful ear candy. Any soul head, any jazz head, and real music lover would fall in love with this gem. I haven't heard one person say anything bad or negative about this band. Navasha (lead singer),Marcus Asante and James Collins and the other cat(sorry can't remember his name/horn player) have giving the music industry a blueprint of tasteful music....... listen and learn.
03. Season Change
04. The Moment
05. Like Poetry
07. Culture Bandits
09. One Mo Gin'
11. More To Life
13. Take Me Higher
14. Come 2 Me
15. I Remember You
16. Star People
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