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Monday, Nov 19 2012 | 14:20 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

Beres HammondIt was a four year wait since the last album and “One Love, One Life” is worth the wait, it’s another five star set, this time with two CDs: disc one showcasing Beres in a mellow mood (hit picks include “In My Arms” & “No Candle Light”) with a second CD displaying a more conscious vibe (“You Stand Alone”, “Still Searching”). Realised with a legion of top musicians, and all tracks produced with highest quality control by Beres Hammond, except “No Candle Light” co-produced with Donovan Germain, “In My Arms” co-produced with Colin ‘Bulby’ York, “Keep Me Warm” and “More Time” co-produced with Michael Fletcher. The title cut on “One Love, One Life” adapts a reworking of Studio One’s immortal mid-60s “Love Me Forever” riddim to a synopsis of Beres’ career: “The journey’s been rough sometimes choices are not there then comes the day when I’m down to I don’t care/the heavens declare and all my fears just disappear and I am singing again”.

Each of the album’s 20 tracks is quintessentially Beres Hammomd: his vocals, as rich and flavorfully bittersweet as dark chocolate, embody the spiritual fervor heard in the secular ballads of Sam Cooke, the laid back cool/political consciousness of 1970s Marvin Gaye and the gritty “Pain In My Heart” passion of Otis Redding. The aforementioned soul icons profoundly influenced the development of Beres’ style, as did Jamaican greats including Leroy Sibbles, lead singer of the Heptones, velvety crooner Ken Boothe and the legendary vocalist Alton Ellis, one of the pioneers of rock steady, reggae’s direct forerunner.



01. No Candle Light
02. Can’t Waste No Time
03. In My Arms
04. Crazy Dream
05. Lonely Fellow
06. My Life
07. Keep Me Warm
08. More Time
09. Shouldn’t Be
10. The Song


01. Still Searching
02. Don’t You Feel Like Dancing
03. One Love, One Life
04. Can’t Make Blood Outta Stone
05. You Stand Alone
06. Not Made of Steel
07. Family
08. The Truth Will Live On
09. Prime Time
10. I Humble Myself

The album Beres HammondOne Love, One Life” (VP) has been released November 16, 2012.

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