BBC Review: Beres Hammond – One Love, One Life

December 7, 2012

The comfy but earthy governor of grown-up reggae, Beres Hammond has long been the last word in laid-back lovers serenades. However, he also has views on other matters. So his 20th album is a gentle grower sprawling across two carefully demarcated “love”- and “life”-oriented discs.

Since he blossomed from Zap Pow frontman in the 1970s to computer-age megastar, Beres can work at his chosen pace – hence the four-year gap between 2008’s A Moment in Time and this set. Most tracks here are self-produced with a top-flight team of engineers and musicians, many of whom are producers in their own right.

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