Famed musician, actor, singer, producer and songwriter Jimmy Cliff returns on July 17th with Rebirth, a full-length LP which is the follow up to his EP Sacred Fire, which was released last year. The lead single One More is currently available for free from his official website.
Rebirth, the first new Jimmy Cliff album in seven years, is produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, who also produced Sacred Fire. It sees him return to his roots and deliver an accomplished album which sounds so classic that it could have been made some 20 years ago.
The LP features original tracks from the reggae superstar alongside two impressive cover versions: one of The Clash’s Guns of Brixton and the other Ruby Soho by Armstrong’s Rancid. The single, One More and track World Upside Down show just how aware of the state of our world he still is nearly 40 years after he tackled issues on his milestone You Can Get It If You Really Want.
Jimmy Cliff still sounds as fresh, relevant and exciting as ever as he works his way through a collection of tracks which are both happy and upbeat, but also aware: as all good reggae tracks are. This album will please the most die-hard of reggae fans, whilst hopefully picking up a few new ones along the way.
It’s hard to believe that the man who starred in ‘The Harder They Come’ back in 1972 is still making such high-quality, important and fitting music in 2012 – an impressive feat.