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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean


Published June 5, 2006

Three In One

Denroy Morgan has many talented children, but it’s this 4-brother/1-sister group doing the most to establish Morgan as reggae’s second most famous family name. A leading group still crafting tunes in roots style, they’re building a new audience among punk-rock fans via appearances on the Warped Tour. They give thanks to Rancid, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, 311 and Sum 41, tapping Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden to play guitar on the remix of their simple dance tune “Jump Around.” Guest stars that make more sense are Junior Kelly on “Ah Do Dem” and Anthony B on the irresistibly melodic “In The Ghetto.” Speaking of irresistible, “She’s Still Loving Me” is a standout with wonderful classic soul influences. The obligatory pro-pot song is “Nice Up U Medi,” and fans looking for conscious messages will enjoy “Judge Not” and the gentle, moving “Anti-War Song (Someone Knows).”