Not quite the landmark that Handsworth Revolution was, Earth Crisis suffers from uneven songwriting and dated, polished production that's sometimes too slick for its own good. What's more, the album is poorly sequenced, placing the weakest cuts, "Steppin' Out" and "Tightrope," at the very beginning. "Throne of Gold," the album's love song, has beautiful lyrics but lacks a truly compelling melody to get them across. After that, the album picks up with a string of superior songs, all of which decry social injustice and have powerful music to back them up, though they occasionally drag on longer than they need to and are saddled with horn and synthesizer parts that sound superfluous. Still, the strength of material in the album's second half definitely proves why Steel Pulse earned their reputation as a top-notch act. Had the songs been more focused, the production less slick, and the album sequenced correctly, Earth Crisis would stand as a watershed album of the '80s. As it stands, it's certainly worth hearing, but probably not the place where newcomers should be introduced to Steel Pulse's talents.
|Label:||Elektra / Wea|
Performance CreditsSteel Pulse Primary Artist
Selwyn Brown Keyboards,Vocals
Jimmy "Senyah" Haynes Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
David Hinds Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Voices,Vox Organ
Alphonso Martin Percussion,Vocals
Ronnie McQueen Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Nisbett Percussion,Drums
Carl Atkins Saxophone
Jimmy Haynes Bass,Guitar
Stevie "Grizzly" Nesbitt Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsSteel Pulse Arranger,Producer
Jimmy "Senyah" Haynes Arranger,Producer
David Hinds Composer
Del Newman Producer
Neville Garrick Art Direction
Jimmy Haynes Producer
Mike Morongell Engineer
Dave Lester Engineer
Richard Bailey Contributor
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Earth Crisis based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Beside the original Wailers - Marley/Tosh/Wailer, this is the only band that could be considered groundbreaking or really innovative in the cluttered field of reggae. Utterly original and timeless music that transcends genres. Elite!
Possibly...definately their best album to date...every song it gooooood!