LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY

The Black Al­bum 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Jon DALe

stealthy, sturdy re­turn by wiz­ened dub mae­stro

Pro­duced by Daniel Boyle, with old Upsetter com­pan­ion Rob­bie Lyn part of the back­ing group, dub leg­end Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry sounds re­ju­ve­nated on The Black Al­bum; by turns mis­chievous and pro­found, his vo­cal­i­sa­tions have a flinty majesty to them, while the pro­duc­tion of the al­bum feels re­as­sur­ingly alive, ev­ery­thing breath­ing to­gether in real time. That said, one of Perry’s many gifts is his abil­ity to make the fa­mil­iar strange: The Black Al­bum, dubs and all, could use some more of Perry’s sur­re­al­ist medicine. But it’s hard to deny that it’s good to hear him in such healthy form.

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