By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Ragga concerts have long been equal parts religious revival, soundclash, moshpit, and rock showso it's natural to throw a beatnik happening into the mix. Like those by other dancehall stars, Sizzla's cuts have schizophrenically alternated from sweet r&b salvation to bad bwoy ragga-chat. Here those styles pass between one another in the course of a single track, or even a line. Dynamism, tempo, and tone switch-up at whim. Even calls to rise up feel hollowed, like Sizzla's voice is hovering between semitones, almost alighting on notes, never quite finding them. But then, flickering candles are always more poetic in a darkened hall.
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