Dadawah Peace and Love
3.8 Release Date: 1974
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4.0 excellentNick Butler EMERITUS | June 12th 11

Deep as the ocean. Peace and Love feels like reggae's answer to Hot Buttered Soul - four lengthy tracks that force you to sit back, relax, and get sucked into the grooves. It's hypnotic. It's not just that spell the album casts that makes it so special, though; it's the mood it conjures. The album title alone should be enough of a clue about the lyrical content, as should the song titles "Seventy-Two Nations" and "Zion Land" - it's all world peace, one love, spirituality, one nation under a groove, unbridled positivity. And yet, it's an unmistakably dark album - the way this record tells you to feel, and the way it actually makes you feel, are at odds with each other. The two albums that comes to mind as doing something similar are Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On and Divine Styler's Spiral Walls Containing Autumns of Light, although this isn't quite as profoundly weird as either. It's in the droning, almost tribal nature of it, the slight elements of dub production that creep through from time to time, the insistent percussion, the low-slung, almost nervous basslines....it has the effect of making the positivity sound a little hopeless and defeated. It all adds up to one of the best very reggae albums I've heard, one that's simultaneously absorbing, addictive, and mysterious.

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3.0 goodClaudio | January 22nd 13
4.0 excellentjoysubtraction | September 21st 11
4.0 excellentLaxATivvz | July 3rd 11

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