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Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival

 

Christafari

 

Lion of Zion Entertainment

 

Listener Appeal: Teens and up.

 

Genre: Reggae

 

I grew up listening to Christafari—my dad was a big fan, and he passed that on to me.

 

As a younger man, Christafari's album, WordSound&Power, was one of the records that I could always listen to and never be tired of. Sadly, the band's new effort, Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival, didn't live up to my expectations.

 

While the instrumentation and production is all done very well here, the whole album feels lacking in creativity. Most of the songs that are covers (e.g. Hosanna or How Great Is Our God) are songs that seem to already have been beaten to the ground by other artists re-recordings. There's also very little differentiation between the feel and tempo of any of the songs. After a while they all just blend together into a soup of mediocrity.

 

 One of the songs that does show some diversity is “Garden.” This one is a little slower and seems to take the role of a ballad. Unfortunately, this song was one of the only times I truly enjoyed listening to the album as a whole.

 

Out of 17 songs, only 3 of them are less than 4 minutes. Clocking in at about an hour and 20 minutes total, Reggae Worship just seems to drag on for too long. On the whole, the lyrics are generic and don’t seem to carry much weight. Disappointing.

 

Unless you’re really in need of rehashed worship songs with a Jamaican style, I’d say skip this one. Sorry.

 

Let’s Talk About It:

 

If your family members are interested in this music, then encourage discussion about it afterward. You can use these questions to get started:

 

• Several times in this album it is mentioned how God has done great things. What great things has he done in your life recently?

 

• What kinds of things can you take and put your own spin on to create something new? (Like how Christafari took traditional worship and put his reggae flair on it)

 

--TN

 

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