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Promises & Lies [Import]

UB40 Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. C'est La Vie
2. Desert Sand
3. Promises And Lies
4. Bring Me Your Cup
5. Higher Ground
6. Reggae Music
7. (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You
8. Now And Then
9. Things Ain't Like They Used To Be
10. It's A Long Long Way
11. Sorry

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It's no coincidence that UB40's biggest hits and most pleasurable songs have been their reggae rock remakes of other acts' songs--Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine", Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe", the Chi-Lites' "Homely Girl", Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", and so on. Only one of the 11 numbers on Promises and Lies is a cover tune, but the band's remake of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" is a real treat. Featured in the film Sliver, the ballad gets a new momentum from UB40's horns and rhythm section and finds its obsessive quality reinforced by the reggae-dub echoes. The album also includes "Reggae Music", a delightful dancehall workout which neatly balances Astro's reggae toasting against Ali and Robin Campbell's sweetly sung pop soul hook. Unfortunately, the other nine songs are full of steady grooves and admirable sentiments but little in the way of melody or fresh ideas that might separate them from hundreds of similar reggae exercises. --Geoffrey Himes

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ub40 has some great music style. June 13 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Ub40 had been around since 1980, and until now they never had an album that had so much power. The well known single {I cant help} Falling In Love is on this album. They feature great sounds, except, that some of the songs are just silly sounding. And some of the songs are overdone. But now over all I give it **** for great music. Pros Great music long songs soft songs wonderful sound. Cons It's very hard to understand what there saying.{ But much more easy than in other albums.} So dish out your money and get Promises and lies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars UB40's best studio effort (ever) March 3 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big UB40 fan and I can easily say this album represents the best of their studio work. The band has been haunted by the commercial success of their cover hits but this album clearly demonstrates that they can write and arrange great original work. "Things ain't like they used to be" is one of the best UB40 singles never released. Other standouts include "Promises and Lies", C'est Levie", "Higher Ground" and the two last tracks. Overall, one of the 90's most underrated classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music Feb. 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
I saw UB40 at the Greek Theatre about the time this CD was first released. Listening to this CD brings back the memories of those times. "Higher Ground" and "Can't Help Falling in Love" are the hits that bring back the most memories. This is one of those CDs I play time and time again.
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By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well well, here is one more great album from UB40. They have been rocking since the 80's, and they're still giving regaee a powerful new meaning. Most brilliant lyrics I've come across since Bob Marley and Ziggy Marley.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reggae Aug. 15 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Their remake of "I can't help but Falling in Love" is worth the price of the CD alone. They take the song to a new level.
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