What’s the 4-1-1?
UB40 are back with eight new songs and five reggae infused covers for your listening pleasure.
Reggae / pop rock
We all know that UB40 is a predominately reggae band, but there is a lot of pop-rock appeal to there music. The group comes out swinging on the opening track “Who You Fighting For,” as they describe how big business and the government profits from the little guy putting his life on the line. “After Tonight” (Matumbi) is a seductive track full of brass and percussion. Despite its silly title, “Bling Bling” is quite catchy and refreshing. It’s not all about political outcry for UB40, they engage in a spiritual discussion of the first law makers and first rules of the land on “Sins of the Fathers.”
“Good Situation” (Gene Chandler) focuses on determination in the eyes of infatuation. UB40 count off one by one the “Reasons” why they’re attracted to someone special. The tempo in this one is faster that usual for the group. “I’ll Be on My Way” is a remake of a McCartney/Lennon collaboration. It’s not a song a recognize, but it’s enjoyable just the same. The group’s cover of The Jamaicans’ “Things You Say You Love” has a nice bounce to it.
The covers chosen for this album are quite obscure, for me at least.
UB40 have a distinct sound of there own, and nothing has changed on Who You Fighting For?. Though I feel that this release caters more to longtime fans, it still delivers what is expected from the group.
Did You Know?
UB40 is currently celebrating their 25th anniversary of their debut album.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Originally posted by author at Rock-Is-Life.com