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  • Haile I Hymn (Chapter 1) [Mango, 1978] B
  • Are We a Warrior [Mango, 1979] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Haile I Hymn (Chapter 1) [Mango, 1978]
I like the sweet sobbing gasp of the singing, but as a sympathizer with the reggae-all-sounds-the-same heresy I wish there were more than four tunes. Nor do I believe that Steve Winwood transforms the groove. In fact, his presence may indicate what's wrong. B

Are We a Warrior [Mango, 1979]
Still wish there were some rudimentary verbality here, but the music has won me over--the title track is the most gorgeous reggae crooning I've ever heard, and the rest of the album follows in its sweet wake like one of those half-remembered dreams that makes you glow the next day. B+