Earth Crisis - album review

Simon Hills in Record Mirror

25 February 1984

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Plastic Pulse, more like. The Brummie reggae combo have opted for a cleaner, softer sound than ever before, which actually works better for the group.

I've never held much respect for British reggae - and this is very, very English - but Steel Pulse do have a bit more spark than most of their contemporaries in this country. Earth Crisis tries to overcome the age old problem of mixing roots with a more commercial style, and it still means that the raw material is watered down.

Still, numbers like the easy Body Guard (a perfect example of a soft melody for ultra-hard lyrics) move along breezily and David Hinds boasts a distinctive voice and promising writing skills. But at the end of the day, they don't have the verve, humour or adventurous spirit of their contemporaries in Jamaica.

Text copyright Record Mirror 1984, used without permission.

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