Many of you will remember Ali Campbell as the former front man of UB40. The singer has now released his third solo album ‘Flying High’, a mix of original tracks and collaboration work. The 31st August will see the release of the double A side ‘Everways’ & ‘She’s a Lady’, featuring two of the aforementioned collaborators, Shaggy and Craig David.
Everway’s epitomises what reggae is all about, upbeat, and with a bucket load of feeling to boot. Campbell and David’s voices harmonise perfectly and for once, I find myself able to happily listen to the R&B artist without cringing. The track is cheerful,easy to listen to, and has a bouncy feel-good vibe. A great summer tune.
Everyone will recognise the second track ‘She’s a Lady’, famously sung by Tom Jones. Campbell puts his own twist on the track and, believe it or not, it does work well. The song has a slightly melodramatic feel to it, and the sparring between Shaggy and Campbell works well. It’s a nice modern effort that stands up well to the original.
It’s no surprise that Campbell reached #13 on ‘Flying High’s release, having amounted over forty top 40 singles previously. The double A-Side release is great fun, while veering from his previous work, towards a more traditional reggae sound.
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