Rebel Frequency Nattali Rize Rootfire/MGM Despite a name change, the voice of Blue King Brown’s Nattali Rize stays resolutely aligned with reggae vernacular and socially conscious verbiage, couched in a combination of backbeat, rock riffs and pop hooks. While her sermons might well strike a chord in these times of political disenchantment, some may find worthy messages advocating positive societal change repetitious and overzealous. Her use of reggae patois might irritate non-initiates. The opening dub-drenched, dance hall-styled title track sets the tone on Rize’s debut solo album: “So when you think this world can be ruff, you’ve had enough and you nah go take any more, well now the mission is resistance so we can get new existence”. Warriors, Evolutionary and Heart of a Lion maintain the rage with lines such as “You’re gonna see we rizing, we nah go run nor hide”, “Revolution is the evolution of our consciousness and minds” and “Trouble in the jungle, they take it to the streets / See them comin’ one by one, revolution at their feet”. Even the more mellifluous, acoustic-oriented One People adopts an accusatory stance: “Your civilians are like slaves locked in servitude and the only way you keep them is to keep them from the truth while your institutions indoctrinate the youth”. A rocksteady duet with Julian Marley ( Natty Rides Again) and a mawkish love song featuring Jamaican band Raging Fyah ( Fly Away) offer a softer side. Meditation skirts closer in style to 1970s Bob Marley.