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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean

THIRD WORLD

By ALISA RUBY
Published April 7, 2006

Live
Tabou1

Third World has always been pop-reggae, crossing between roots authenticity into funk, soul, R&B and even bubble-gum, this sound serving them well since the early ’80s. On this live two-CD set recorded in Jamaica and Hawaii, they never climax. Hits like “96 Degrees In The Shade,” and jazzy versions of “Satta Massa Gana” and “Now That We Found Love,” leave much to be desired. But the watered-down rendition of the Police’s “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” merits attention. Blending vocal harmonies and Las Vegas lounge on “Make Believe,” segueing into bluesy harmonica and acappella Broadway on “World Of Uncertainty,” you can understand why their careers have stood. Devoid of messages of freedom or the fall of Babylon, these lyrics are styled for mass consumption. This is poolside resort reggae for easy listening.