The shocking announcement in early 2008 that Ali Campbell was departing UB40 after 30 years leaves the group's future in serious doubt. This album was already completed at that time, and had been delayed by the group to allow Ali's great 2007 solo album to run it's course.
It seems very likely after listening to TWENTYFOURSEVEN that the group made some additions to the album in an attempt to prepare fans for "UB40 without Ali Campbell". Of the 17 tracks, 5 songs feature other group members, 3 feature guest artists, and 1 features new recruit Duncan Campbell.
However, that leaves 8 tracks with Ali on lead vocal, and they are all classic UB40, making this album essential. (Ali Campbell lead vocals: End Of War, Lost And Found, This Is How It Is, Rainbow Nation, Once Around, Instant Radical Change Of Perception, I'll Be There, Middle Of The Night)
TWENTYFOURSEVEN is an awkward-but-enjoyable farewell to the UB40 many of us have adored for most of 3 decades.
UB40's previous album, Who You Fighting For, was possibly their best ever.
Don't miss that one or Ali's solo album Running Free. Both albums are powerful, fun, and musically compelling reggae.