Pablo Moses ‘The Itinuation’ (Grounded Music) 4/5

His prominence is probably accepted as being between 1975-1983, yet Pablo Moses has released well over a dozen albums during his career, his first being of course ‘Revolutionary Dream’ (arguably his most famous) back in ’75 on Jigsaw, followed by album releases on Island Records in 1980 and other labels during the 80s & 90s.

When I listen to Pablo’s vocal deliveries I’m also drawn to the vocal deliveries of Culture and at times Mikey Dread, indeed in my ‘back-in-the-day’ vinyl album box I would have had those three artists beside each other.

So what do we have here? This brand new offering released on the Grounded Music label last month is an album entitled ‘Itinuation’, and for me, this is a summer album to let run without interruption from start to finish, a sound backdrop to a small gathering of friends on one’s terrace, whilst chatting and enjoying whatever takes your fancy, and exactly what we did whilst first listening to the releases. A nice easy varied tempo that won’t set the reggae world on fire, yet tracks like ‘Living In Babylon’, with its retro 70s synth hooks & stabs, and ‘Murder’ demands one’s ears as the chatting on our terrace subsides for a few minutes allowing the bass lines to arrive through the air and soothe the party atmosphere.

There are varied moods and tempo’s on this release, there’s a song on this album for everyone, the saxophone playing on the track ‘Attitude’ is wonderfully entertaining, the title track of the album ‘Itinuation’ has an anthemic quality to it – the show closer at a gig one might say. Then there is the album closer, ‘Open Your Minds’, with a personal message from Pablo combined with a music score giving us a real dancing foot tapper Caribbean party vibe. The band are having fun.

This 12 tracker would make a bigger impact on me if it were trimmed down to say 8 or 9 tracks. I felt 4 tunes on this release were filler cuts and there are a couple of average tunes too, but that doesn’t mean they will feel the same for you. It’s actually entertaining, a lovely backdrop to an evening with friends. It lacks that ‘little something’ from days of old… but we mustn’t live in the past, those late 1970s true reggae sound recordings are great for a reason, and we can’t have everything can we?

Gibsy Rhodes