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The 1981 released third album from the British Reggae band that could from Birmingham. Fronted by Ali and Robin Campbell, the group rose above the flood of new wave groups of the postpunk era by presenting a crisp, clean sound of Jamaican beats. Standout tracks include the single "I Won't Close My Eyes", "Love Is All Is Alright" and "Politician".
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This album certainly fits in among their other output at the time- Signing Off, Present Arms, Rat in the Kitchen, and Geoffrey Morgan being the ones I was already very familiar with. Confrontational, sharply observed and plaintive, all locked up with a generally good beat. But it is also a little harder to get into than some of the others I listed. I would actually suggest Geoffrey Morgan or Rat in the Kitchen as a start for the curious, followed by Signing Off and Present Arms and others.
I have not tracked too much of their later stuff, after maybe Labour of Love II. Though I have found out some of it is now worth a closer look.
As lightweight as UB40 are sometimes considered in the mainstream (Red, Red Wine and all that), their music routinely has some of the best lyrics going, and they put them to good use in telling often kick-to-the-gut stories. A wrongly convicted man in "Tyler", a sarcastic officer serving a 3rd world dictator in "You're Not the Army", the stifling rage of city life in "Silent Witness", the suicide of a prostitute in "The Pillow". The real trick is that they don't knock you over the head with politics. They draw you in with the quality of the underlying music and let the story tell itself from there. Very underrated. There's a reason they've been around for thirty-plus years.
Don't Do The Crime and Love Is All Is Alright are two of my favorite tracks the group have ever put forth. The production on DDTC is first rate (sad they didn't record at the same tempo as they do live, which is slightly faster).
The lyrics have the familiar social commentary of their first few albums.
Folitician shows these guys can groove.
The Key is a great vibe - light one up and sit back.
Sound quality surprisingly quite open and detailed and no tape hiss.
The production on some of the tracks is sloppy (I Won't Close My Eyes - great lyrics, great melody, just poor production).
Some tracks just don't have a reggae feel at all (So Here I Am)
Compared to many of the later albums, UB44 definitely has a more genuine reggae sound. No covers or ballads here. Worth a purchase if you want a sense of the writing quality of UB40.