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Rising Above Bedlam

Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart

1991

Rising Above Bedlam

Album Summary

Rising Above Bedlam is an album by Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart, released by Oval Records in 1991.The album was a shortlisted nominee for the 1992 Mercury Prize.

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Rating

2.68

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4542

Genres

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

This is a mouthful, I'm listening to a band named 'Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart' with an album named "Rising Above Bedlam." I have no idea what to expect here. Allmusic says they specialize in experimental ethnic pop and fusion. The first track is pleasant so far, it reminds me of Primal Scream and their landmark Screamadelica album. The album as a whole breezes by nicely, and I'm enjoying the different voices that come together to make a cohesive album. Despite how eclectic and experimental the whole thing feels. I'm not sure I will revisit this at any point soon, but I enjoyed the ride and how nice it floated through my life.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
1

Jah Wobble's Rising Above Bedlam feels like a genuine attempt at cross cultural fusion, which is commendable. But on the evidence, Wobble's understanding of the musical traditions he's borrowing from are skin deep, and that's being generous. The songs are dull and obvious and Wobble invariably makes the least interesting choices possible when it comes to timbres and instrumental colors. This music would be at home in a Starbucks Putumayo collection cd. One star for basic musical competence. Zero stars for the songs, arrangements, production, and lack of taste.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

QUE SOM MALUCO E INESPERADO EU AMEI SOCORRO

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Thu Mar 10 2022
1

The arrangements are repetitive, the vocals are just plain bad (or irritating, take your pick), the sound is dated, and the ideas were already done better in the 80s. Nothing salvageable here at all.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

This guy is from Public Image Ltd. The album mixes world music with some weird/cool grooves. Some elements reminiscent of INXS, Sugar Ray. A collection of very good musicians doing something they aren't taking all that seriously.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

What an interesting album! I had not heard of "Jah Wobble" (stage name of John Wardle that came about as a drunken Sid Vicious mumbled his hame), but now I know he grew up with John Lydon and other Sex Pistols members. I've also now learned that Wobble was the bassist for PiL. This album is great. Influenced by reggae, world music, and the rock/punk world in which Wobble grew up, it all comes together quite nicely here. I hear some of the tracks as "Velvet Underground moves to the Caribbean." Really cool.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

I don't know if I'm rating this high because I was surprised or if it really is good. Other vibe, world music albums don't really work for me, but this one hits the mark. I feel like if David Byrne could have gotten his hands on this band, he'd have had a whole other Talking Heads career!

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

I know Jah Wobble more from PIL and his collaborations with Holger Czukay of Can. I like him as a support player/collaborator but maybe not so much as a solo artist. He's got a ton of releases and I wonder why this particular one was chosen. I feel like this list is pretty solid in its picks the further back it goes but right about here in the timeline going forward it gets a little more spotty. Can't say I really enjoyed it, like I don't want to listen to it again, but it wouldn't really bother me if someone had it on in the background. Okay, skipped through the tracks again and I like the first song alright as a single but the rest of the album doesn't have the same vibe. 2.5 rounded down I guess?

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

Just kind of... meh. Had some fun instrumentals, but the vocalist was the bad type of annoying

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Cooles World Music Album

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

An upbeat, mellow, album that goes down smooth. It feels almost mystic at times. I wasn't sure about the album when it started but by the end I was enraptured. The album made me happy, and I don't know that there's higher praise I can give than that.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Интересный микс стилей, культур и инструментов. Понравилось сочетание народной музыки и современной.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

World music deserves the highest rating.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Loved it, nice change of pace. Slightly alternative music nice background for working.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Rising Above Insanity

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

I had to listen to this album on YouTube as I couldn’t find it elsewhere. That is unfortunate because it will be hard to listen to again and I really loved this album! In has a pretty amazing world music vibe. I pretty much loved the whole album (aside from the annoying ads that interrupted periodically). It is lush, exotic and is really interesting! I don’t think there is a song on here that I didn’t like. Really great!

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Almost as much fun as SHACK being attacked by a wasp.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Never heard of them before but really liking the album. A mix of styles. A few songs sound like Soup Dragons meet Kate Bush. One sounds like Pet Shop Boys. One has a middle eastern or maybe Indian styled but the words are in Spanish.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

This was a fantastic mix mash of styles…..unusual but familiar at the same time. Enjoyed it!

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Mon Oct 19 2020
4

Complete shift from what he was doing with PIL, but still a great album. A melting pot of different musical cultures, but surprisingly unified. Closer to a 3.7

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Nett, Welt

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

The main guys voice was really not good but the music was incredibly cool. Erzulie was fun, some of the others got long. 7.5 for me

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Scrapes a 7 from me. Cool except the English lyrics are corny and when the guy sings his voice is almost unbearable

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Ik ga hier meer van luisteren. Jammer soms van de stem van Jah.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Brilliant ! I wasn’t expecting it to be so good. Some excellent Zumba tracks. I shall probably play it again while I’m cooking and have a dance along! I was reserving 4* for classics but this was an unexpected ****

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

This is weird and wild for sure. Worth an occasional, maybe even party lounge listen? Eno collab

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

4/5 Solid music, different from what i would normally listen to, and probably ain't gonna hunt it out again later, but did not mind listening to it, at all. However, got at bit samey over time.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

This was really nice. Felt like I was sitting on a beanbag, a bit buzzed.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Wereldmuziek in de letterlijke vorm van het woord. Vanuit alle hoeken heeft dit album invloeden. Eentje om nog eens op te leggen in de zomermaanden, onder het zonnetje

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

I knew this album as my dad was a fan - and love the opening track 'Visions of You' - it's amazing and you think you are on the verge of greatness, but sadly doesn't rise to such peaks again, still a great album

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Somehow I never checked out Jah Wobble's work back in the nineties, so I was unfamiliar with this album. It serves up an interesting melange of different musical styles. Not everything works, and some of the electronic elements sound a bit dated, but overall I enjoyed listening to it.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Interesting, and seemed quite familiar despite it being my first time hearing any of it, I guess due to the 'eastern' influences that I hear on the radio where I am.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Very good, will play more Wobble in the future

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Only had time for one listen today. I liked it. Nice mixture of cultures and styles.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Seen as John Lydon's a massive tory cunt now, this is a very good alternative. If PiL was pop and dub instead of prog and punk. Proper quality aye.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

1st time of listening and whilst I am an admirer of Mr Wobbles creativity and humour I wasn't sure what to expect. Pleasantly surprised by this album with traces of the "Madchester" sound on "Visions Of You" (with Sinead O'Conner on Vocals) The Latin/Bhangra "Bomba" to the more ethereal songs like the Title Track "Rising Above Bedlam" which is reminiscent of his PiL days are all spot on. As I say a lovely LP that is new to me and offers some great "Fusion" music. Rightfully on the list as far as I am concerned.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Pretty funky, can't believe I've never heard of jah wobble before, will definitely be checking out more of his albums

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Usually I strongly dislike world music, but this album really hit some of the right spots and I really enjoyed it as background music.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

This was a bit all over the place but I still enjoyed it alot

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

4/19/2022 Today's Album: "Rising Above Bedlam" by Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart - This album was a really fantastic surprise. It seems to be a collection of music from around the world and each song has a ton of really bright and interesting instrumentation amongst it. I really love the opening track Visions of You. It sounds so sweet and has this really nice chilled out guitar line and bongo groove, not to mention the incredibly catchy chorus. The male vocalist throughout the album really toes the line between a performance that feels kind of off and creepy and one that sounds clear and confident. I really like the instrumental break in the song Ungodly Kingdom. It has that great island vibe and incorporates a ton of pacific instrumentation to back up that idea. Some of the tracks don't pull me in as quickly as others, like the track Rising above Bedlam, but most of them have really engaging sonic ideas right off the bat. I like the song Erzulie for it's chilled out eastern vocal performance and I like how melodic the bass guitar is in it too. It's a really great Latin dance track with a lot of different levels of energy throughout. Everyman's an island takes a sort of psychedelic approach, with this groovy meditative bassline and some really strung out electric guitar. I like just how groovy it is and how much they are switching up the sound even just measure to measure. It reminds me of a lot of King Gizzard's microtonal music, but with a bit of a softer edge. The opening drum beat of Soledad is so welcoming and brings you into a sort of Arabian dream. The, what I think are Latin, vocals would usually turn me away from the track, but not knowing the lyrics feels okay because the vocal performance is just so hypnotic and eastern sounding. The bass line and drum beat keep the song so sturdy throughout as the guitar and auxiliary percussion solo on top. The solo sections of this album really feel reserved and like they only are doing what they must to add to the experience of the track and I really appreciate the subtlety of it. Sweet Divinity is a very strange track to me because it sounds extremely unique. There's these weird sections of trumpet and trombones sort of just going ham on this dueling fanfare and it breaks up the verses in a very engaging way. It feels like a song that I wouldn't like under usual circumstanced, but the sheer skill of these musicians keeps me engaged in this sort of creepy and uncomfortable tune. The closer Wonderful World is a great way to pick up from the weird spot we were left in with Sweet Divinity and I really like the instrumentation and vocal performance here. It's a bouncy and playful track with a really chorus and some nice chorus vocals backing things up. They play with the reverb subtly in some of the vocal sections in a really pleasing, yet experimental way and I just really like whatever effect is on the guitars because they sound so tropical and bubbly. It ends things off in the same really cheery optimistic vibe introduced in the first track Visions of You and it's a great way to end. As a whole package, this is a really great album if you like stuff that sounds like it's from outside of the good ol' USA. There's fun microtonal sounding stuff, a lot of eastern and Latin influence, and all of the cultures on display also showcases a huge variety of talent. I think there are some tracks that are a little worse than the majority and the vocals can be a little off putting at first, but if you can just put this on in the background while you're doing something and vibe along to the grooves, I think it'd be a nice time for almost anyone. Score: 8.5/10 Best world music I've heard yet Highlights: Visions of You, Bomba, Ungodly Kingdom, Erzulie, Everyman's an Island, Soledad, Sweet Divinity, Wonderful World

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I was going to. It's going to require some more listens, but I'll definitely be back!

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Started badly, turned good.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Solid album. I could (and did) easily play this in the background over and over. Sinead O'Connor's vocals on Visions of You and Sweet Divinity were great adds. Wobble's regular vocals are just okay. The variety of musical styles from around the world were also pretty cool - Indian-style on Visions of You, African-style on Ungodly Kingdom, Latin-style on Bomba, Middle Eastern-style on Everyman's an Island, combo of the last two on Soledad. Although reggae/Spanish combo on Relight the Flame wasn't as good; wailing in latter half was cool. Love the guitarwork on Ungodly Kingdom - picking at the beginning and the electric stuff at around the 2:45 mark. Erzulie felt like something almost out of Bladerunner at the start; neat vocals and pace/change of pace throughout. Title track was a bit boring though the lyrics were intriguing. Only other song I didn't really enjoy was Wonderful World - sounded cheesy compared to the rest of the album. After looking back at what I liked and didn't, I realize I liked most of it, quite a bit.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

The worldliness of the album was nice to hear. I listened to the last song a few times and I don't get it. The appeal of it escaped me a bit. I always felt that Sinead O'Connor got a bum rap back in the 90s, and her performance on this album is great. It'd be nice to hear her in more stuff like this, maybe more atmospheric. Imagine her in one of Fripp's soundscapes... But you know Wobble is a forgiving and gracious artist. He had to deal with John Lydon for a few albums in Public Image, didn't he? So yeah, I dug this. May have to seek out some more.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Popurrí de músicas del mundo. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

SHACK getting attacked by 3 wasps for 2 hours in album form

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

Really liked this. Spiritual feel to it. A suprising addition was Sinead O Connor's vocals included throughout the album. Her voice, combined with Jah Wobble's addictive basslines made the album. Personally felt the first half was better than the second half. Nonetheless, great album. Wobble's changed up his style compared with his days in PiL. Refreshing to hear music using a combination of different cultures.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Such a recognisable voice on him, liked the Public Image Limited stuff

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

I thought this would be brand new to me, but turns out I'd heard the first track before - very Screamadelica! This was quite a pleasant listen. Quite enjoyed the mix of dub, world music and electronics, though you can definitely have too much of that. Fave track - "Visions of You"

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

That was strangely familiar and so much fun.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Liked the ones with Spanish and Latin(?), very eclectic.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

I enjoyed this one! What a mix of sounds and cultures. A lot of the songs (especially the ones where the English guy sings lead) sound a little like the Happy Mondays album we had a while back. That clubby dance-rock style was called Madchester and I hear of lot of that in this music. But then there’s Spanish lyrics, African music and Middle Eastern melodies - each song seems to hop to a different country (and a few blend multiple genres together). There’s a druggy energy that ties it together and big drums on every track that sound like they were recorded in a vast warehouse. Highlights: “Visions of You,” “Bomba,” “Ungodly Kingdom”

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Tue Nov 10 2020
3

Not a fan of vocals as such, but the instrumental composition is quite unique

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Some of it’s really good but I get tired of it quickly. I remember it being that way.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Das erste Album, das ich nicht bei Apple Music finden konnte. Groovige Musik! Teilweise richtig gute Tracks, wenn nicht gerade der monotone Sänger, bestimmt Jah Wobble höchstselbst, uns die Ehre erweist. Er bringt natürlich eine Form von Charakter mit sich, aber ich hab es lieber schön.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
3

I liked some of the songs, like the one with Sinead O'Connor, but there were some tracks that just sorta vibed! Overall an enjoyable experience~!

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

World music, algumas faixas sao ok (gostei das q sao em espanhol e arabe(?)), percursao ainda tá com cara de anos 80 q me desagradou.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Never heard this before! First struck me as a precursor to Thievery Corporation. I was a little put off by the ridiculous canned drums and twerpy basslines, but I think the music got better as the album went on, and it also just grew on me.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Uuuuuuuorale!!!!!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Not on Apple Music

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Diferente, folk, étnico, movido...

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Special, mais un bon vibe! 3.5*

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Tried to be very experimental but mostly came off as bland and overstayed its welcome. 6

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

No tiene estilo definido. Alguna se parece a James. Otra es como música de honololú. Otra como samba latina. Otra como árabe. Un poco Enigma. Le daré un 3 porque alguna canción no está mal.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

6. There was definitely some interesting stuff going on, but it started to feel a little long and a little too chaotic

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

3/5

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Never even crossed my radar before but liked it. The fact Jah Wobble used to work for LU is also cool.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Erg diverse plaat, en iets waar ik nog nooit van had gehoord. Niet onaardig.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Not sure I will be able to make it through the album.. too repetitive to be enjoyable -

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Another weird and strange experiment album which is a recipe for disaster in my book but against all odds, I really enjoyed this. I had an extremely productive day and I can’t say it wasn’t because of this album. I especially enjoyed the song with Sinead O’Connor. It just works!

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Got some interesting sounds on there and I like the collaborative element of it. Bit too conceptual for my taste but I do like the world music vibe.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

// Favs: Visions of You Score: Strong 2 to Light 3

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Een heel goed achtergrond album

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Fri May 28 2021
3

3 Speciaal, zeer speciaal. Over moonsekte gesproken, zou er passen.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Goeie sesh

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Never heard of this before... a new experience. I did read that Jah Wobble was a guitarist from PIL, so I did have some expectations.... Visions of you. I recognized Sinead O'Connor right away. Radio-worthy track. Relight the flame has a familiar quality. It made me think of Robbie Robertson. The song feels right. I consider it a standout. Bomba...what language is that? Spanish? It's nice. Rising Above Bedlam got me with the drums...the spoken lyrics...Robbie Robertson (feel) again... (Somewhere down that Crazy River)... Those drums in "Soledad" are, in a word: powerful! I wanted to look and see if Phil Collins was featured. The other songs seemed ok. Nothing much else stood out to me. Stand out tracks: Visions of You Relight the Flame Soledad Bomba. Overall, the album was nice to listen to. I probably won't listen to it again unless something brings me back to it ( such as it being on a list like this). It is a solid 3/5 for now.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

I missed this one when it came out, although I do recall the Sinead O'Connor-voiced "Visions of You" getting some play on college radio. That is a great track, probably the best on the album. "Soledad" is also really beautiful, with Arabic-style vocals in Spanish by Natacha Atlas. The mixture of various "world" sounds is well done, but very much of that time. "Relight the Flame" and "Erzulie" have a cool mingling of Spanish-style guitar with a dub/Reggae rhythm and lovely Arabic-style vocals by Natacha Atlas. You wouldn't think some of these sounds would be necessary together, but the prevailing attitude is "why not?" and it mostly works. Some of the beats and keyboard sounds/ arrangements are a little dated. Wardle's own vocals stand out in contrast to the other vocalists, and not in a good way. His best vocal is on is "Rising Above Bedlam," which relies less on the world beat sounds and is a sold early-'90s alternative track. A mostly enjoyable/interesting listen. I'd have to be in a particular mood to revisit it though. Fave songs: Visions of You, Soledad, Everyman's an Island

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Some funky rhythms. Feels a little pretentious and overly artsy for me. I like it better than Lou Reed but not my favorite.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

On first listen, this caught me right and I thought I had a four star album. Second time around I was less engaged- maybe I was already wary of the world-influenced, dub-flavoured, Britpop-foreshadowing cocktail and started to see it more as a composite of influences than something truly original. Or maybe I just realised a lot of it was quite boring. Not to deny a lot of it works: "Visions of You" is an obvious lead single, from the Sinead O'Connor feature to a borderline singalong chorus. "Ungodly Kingdom" has a strong refrain, and the chants work well embedded against the main vocal line. "Erzulie" is hypnotic in the way it builds up and moves through various sections: my other favourite on offer here. There's no way anyone would choose to listen to this on the strength of Wobble's vocals, so it's a good job the guest vocalists and rhythm section are consistently strong across the record. Some of the percussion sounds are dated (for a surreal moment I thought "Relight the Flame" was going straight into Genesis' "Invisible Touch") but it all holds together well enough sonically. The dub bass is consistently up front in the mix- unsurprising as it's Wobble's primary instrument- and there are some groovy lines to hold together the songs. All of this leads me to my main criticism: the music is often great, but the lyrical content is either distractingly bad or not making any effort to match the atmospherics. Attempts at social commentary in the weak spot "Everyman's an Island" were especially eye-roll inducing (hey guys, did you know the word "fun" was invented by marketing executives to sell soft drinks? Nope, me neither.) It's background music and might reward repeated listening, but I don't think I'll be rushing back to it.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Dubby, loping beats. Bomps along nicely in a world music vibe. Whoever told Jah Wobble he should take lead vocal on most of the tracks needs a pop in the chops. I mean, he's got Sinead O'Connor right there backing him on a couple of tracks...

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

Eh. Opening track with Sinead O'Connor vocals was interesting...

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

This is kinda weird ngl

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Absolutely unsure how to rate this album. Guess I'm glad I heard it. It was very unique especially when you consider the other music that was released around this time. Definitely didn't like it though. Also didn't hate it. Giving it a 3, but I don't know if that's right.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

Leuk Esther vond het beter dan ik

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Wheres Jah!? Someone get Jah on the phone

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Will get to it soz

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

This one was alright, but I got tired of it before I reached the end. No recognized songs

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

It’s ok but nothing special I guess - some decent reggae and dub but it’s a very 90s ‘WORLD’ music album - emphasis intentional

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

I didn't remember this until I heard it, and it brought back so many memories, of that Stone Roses/Happy Mondays vibe. I never realised Jah Wobble wasn't black either. Great stuff — especially Visions of You.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

When the first track started I thought this would be an album that I could really like. Then the lyrics/vocals came in and it brought it down a notch on the like-scale. It was just okay for me.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

Interesting blend of music styles and languages.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

Not sure I found the right album, but enjoyed the weird melodic tones anyway!

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

WILD! Wenn man sich das Cover anschaut kriegt man einen echt guten Vorgeschmack darauf was drinnen steckt. Total zeitlos auf eine eigenartige Art und Weise - man hat das Gefühl es würde zu jedem Zeitpunkt total unpassend wirken! aber irgendwie auch nicht blöd - schön was zu hören was man sonst NIE angehört hätte. Gesang is STRANGE. Aber das ganze ist schon tanzbar. Irgendwie 90er Walt Disney Musical IRGENDWAS.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Not my type of world music, a bit boring to me.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Hard to rate. Liked a lot of this individually but I will probably never listen to this again.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Olihan tuossa hetkensä. Varmaan toimisi eri tilanteessa ja fiiliksessä paremminkin. 2,5*

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Really liked some of this and thought some was boring and really disliked a song or two. Seemed to live in between genres

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

pretty unique and interesting sound. Easy listen

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Not on Apple Music, but it is on Spotify. Based on the name Jah Wobble I was expecting reggae, but this is a British group? Not even sure what genre to call this, but some pretty cool groove/vibe music to throw on in the background. A few tracks I'd like to add to my playlist on Apple but we'll see if they're on there. Favorite tracks: Visions of You, Bomba, Ungodly Kingdom. Album art: Very Native American-inspired design with the quadrant and what appears to be feathers. Again, few if any clues as to what genre this would or should be considered, but it's a bold cover. 3/5

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Interesting to be sure. The grooves are very open and spacious with lots of room for the variety of sounds and textures to inhabit. This allows the music (and language of the lyrics) to be incredibly varied while still being intelligible as a coherent album. That being said, there's nothing in this album that feels cutting edge to me though the album is pleasant to listen to. I am biased of course and think that what we call 'world music' should be refined quite a bit to reflect that there is not just one dominant form of music with other minority categories.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Hasn't really dated well, has it? "Visions of You" is an undeniable hit for the ages but the rest of the album... well, it's world fusion stuff of a particular time, and it's not necessarily my favourite flavour of that sort of thing. Excellent bass playing, obviously.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

History Lesson! When the Sex Pistols imploded in 1978, John Lydon (fka Johnny Rotten, a fuckhead regardless) formed Public Image Ltd. with guitarist Keith Levene and bassist Jah Wobble. After getting his feet wet in post-punk, Wobble would go on to do solo work, most notably in the Dub genre. Indeed, Wobble had gotten ahold of Jamaica's shiniest new genre export. What is Dub? Flashback to early 70's in Jamaica: producers would take instrumental reggae records and "dub" over them with various production techniques, mainly reverb. Focusing on the rhythms of the original instrumental reggae track, Dub allowed for musicians to experiment with and add new elements of music. Given this, it's easy to see why post-punk musicians would be so interested in Dub. Bringing us back to Jah Wobble, the man had dabbled in various genres throughout the 80's, but had a clear preference for Dub. By the 90's, he had formed his own band (Invaders Of The Heart) and was fully committed to the genre. As far as dub goes, Rising Above Bedlam is a pretty groovy record. Wobble is obviously quite experienced on the bass, so he'll play around with a lot of fun basslines to keep the experience fresh. Pulling from a multitude of different sounds and styles, Rising Above Bedlam moves from Latin grooves to Arabic ghazals. It's an impressively fleshed-out record that does some pretty cool things, but your mileage will vary based on how tolerant you are with Jah Wobble's worldly experiments.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

I'm going to tell my kids this was The Police. I really wanted to give it 4 stars. The diversity of styles is simultaneously a strength and a weakness. The quality of tunes is steady across the album but the sounds are disjointed in a way that keeps me from getting fully absorbed.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

wow, great album. Enjoyed the sound a lot. Another hidden gem!

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

For 1991, this is a very unique album so it gets props for that at the very least. Wasn’t a huge fan and definitely wouldn’t listen to it again but still somewhat memorable. Side note: I did relisten to violator by Depeche Mode and I definitely should’ve given it a 5 instead of a 4

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

I might try this again one day... It seems interesting but didn't grab me first time

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

God help us. I need to have a really big poo and all I've got to help me is this music. I can't believe it's come to this. I'm going to poo everywhere and then die. Get me a slice of apple pie.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Pretty nice! 3 stars.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Que nombre flashero

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Oh wow, world music.. I wonder what country this is from... oh, England. I wonder if the singer has some African roots, maybe Jamaican? Latin American?... oh, no he doesn't. As white as clapping when an airplane lands. Mate was with the Sex Pistols, even. Ever heard of Vantablack? Well this dude, Jah Wobble, appears to be the complete opposite of it. Of course, I am merely joking, jesting, pulling your leg even. The music is good. I like the variety - every song sounded wildly different. There's funkier songs, then there's stuff that sounds like post-punk. Solid strong 3/5.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Album No.9 - Not really my thing, I tried giving it a go and I really enjoyed the first two tracks which are actually pretty good. As for the rest of it, I'm not enjoying it too much and cannot imagine going back regularly to this, more like a curiosity of an era. 3/10

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

seemed okay but i didn’t listen very closely

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Rising Above Bedlam is an album by English band Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart. It's an ambitious world music album from 1991 that was an interesting listen. World Music is any (usually cultural or traditional) non-Western style music, which can include musical styles from Africa, Asia, and Oceania. I did enjoy the blending of a lot of different musical styles and instruments into one cohesive album, but only a few of the songs really stuck out to me. Nonetheless this is a good album and surely deserves a spot on this list of 1001 great albums.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Some great, some average. Prefer Betrayal, or the Bedroom Album

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Wasn't sure about this heading in, but it's dreamy and interesting. Not bad at all.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

A nice variety of styles on display here, surprisingly funky in places-and soaring guest vocals by Sinéad O’Connor just after she hit it big. It’s just a pity that some of the best ideas are dragged out until they lose steam.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Parts of this make me feel as if I were dropped into a 1990 Sesame Street marathon. And so much of the keyboard and drum machine sounds just scream of an old Benneton commercial. OK seriously - this is fairly complex in places and more interesting than I'm giving credit for - it's never going to be a favourite due to the genre, but there's enough catchy bass lines and varied instruments (notable: guitar on "Everyman's An Island" and guest vocals by Sinead on "Visions Of You" was a nice touch - could've used more of that) to make this decent, outside the often-dated sounds. Not necessarily memorable but very listenable. 5/10 3 stars.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

It is always annoying when the album isn’t on the steaming service for lazy reasons, so whenever that happens I always subconsciously have a worse rating just from it not being “easy”. However this album was actually quite interesting because it was different; there was a variety of styles and that made it intriguing.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Fascinating musicianship.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Always in the middle of a festival bill in the mid nineties, was nice to reacquaint myself with Jah Wobble. The mix of genres doesn't always work but it's generally enjoyable, with Visions of You a properly great song

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Mon Nov 09 2020
2

sounds very dated, cool music combos though I dont what it is the vocals or the production which does not appeal to me at all

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

I kinda love this, though I don't understand any of the acclaim. Except, perhaps, for Soledad, which weirdly fits and weirdly sticks out. The soundtrack for a movie (or something) documenting an altered series of karaoke numbers.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Initial cover art I was like "oh boy, this is either Hip Hop or something really dumb". Immediate thought listening was: is this the eponymous category of "World Music"? Also surprising that the guy named "Jah Wobble" is white, heh. Guess he was part of Public Image Ltd. It feels like this is using various sources of music, instruments, etc without any conclusion. Music that sounds just "there", feels very 90s Best Buy World Music CD section. I find it sort of cheesy. Especially the voiceovers. It's like, look at my super unique music cause I have these other instruments! Everything is so on-the-nose. The level of introspective goes as deep as a philosophy major in freshman year who smokes a lot of pot and thinks they are super smart, braaah.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

This was not too much fun.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

I would listen to this on drugs

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Not my thing but it's not the worst...

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Wed May 05 2021
2

This was also weird, but not in a good way. Not a fan.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

Visions Of You does a good job of setting up the rhythmic style of Relight The Flame, but the vocals on Relight are a huge bummer. Bomba is cool. Ungodly Kingdom was a fun listen. Sweet Divinity has all the problems of Relight the Flame but none of the charm.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

Surprisingly bland for experimental music. Maybe in the background.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Not my taste but I guess I see the appeal? Very eclectic mix, lots of wordless singing, not my jam.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

Just fine, not amazing.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Strange

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Sun Jun 20 2021
2

Boring, boring dub/"ethnic fusion". I can't say it's terrible but I'm certain if I live the rest of my life without hearing it again I won't be bothered. You shouldn't either. BT: Visions of You, Rising Above Bedlam, Wonderful World

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

A collection traditional rhythms and styles digested for the 90s English listener. Mostly hideous.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

A bit too out there for me. The main singer's voice (in a weird Britpop style) began to grate on me after a while. Rating it 2 stars in an effort to stop rating every album 3 stars.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Out there, which I somehow didn't immediately expect from "Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart". Learned my lesson. Some parts were interesting - I find it tricky to rate these ones as an entire album to be honest

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

Poor attempt at a world music album. Combines all sorts of techniques but doesn't do anything with them, and so it becomes boring. Vocals (besides Atlas's) absolutely awful. Some instruments were annoying, and it gave the impression they had no idea how to really use them. Some tracks are decent, but damn those vocals make others unbearable.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

Absolute mess of an album. Some guy singing. A Spanish woman. A cockney man chatting. All over the place

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

Found this a good vibe. Thank you

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Sun Oct 03 2021
2

its a multi cultural hudgepodge but nothing is really good

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

It's all the very much the same: I have his later album, and 'Becoming More Like God' (my favourite track on it) is great, but it's the same as Visions of You on this album. Layers of sound and vocals over a bass riff which goes diddle-dee, diddle-dee, didddle-diddle-dum-dee. Very nice, but this is the sort of stuff anyone could write, with some studio time and session vocalists. I like it, but is it art? I think not. I'm beginning to think (no, that's a lie - I've always thought) I can do better than at least 25% of the stuff we've had so far.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

This album in my opinion just wasn't good. The only reason why I'm not giving it 1 star is because of the song Visions Of You. That song was great! 2.5/5 stars.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

This was a very experimental experience. More than I was expecting when the first song started to play. Personally, I didn't like it too much, but it's very easy to note the virtuosos in the instrumental part and I got why this kind of thing deserves to be on this list. These guys are real musicians and no one can say the contrary. I'll keep my rate in 2 stars just because it's not exactly my kind of thing.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

feels like cultural appropriation

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Sun Dec 19 2021
2

I only knew the single with Sinead O'Connor. The rest of the album is in a similar style - it is all 3* I would say, but -1 for the production/sound - I won't listen to it again.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

Don't really know what to say except meh. Some nice bits but not all that interesting to me.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

Meh. When the best that you can say is "This sounds just like....", and then can't even remember who they sound like, that's not much of an impression.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

Not a fan of this at all. Really dull.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

What starts out as an interesting and engaging exploration of world music ends up as a fairly disappointing listen by the second half. Favorite Tracks: "Visions of You", "Relight the Flame", "Ungodly Kingdom"

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Sehr abwechslungsreich, klingt irgendwie nach Urlaub aber auch ein bissi weird. Ungodly kingdom motiviert zum dancen! schwanke zwischen 2 und 3, aber unbedingt hören wir ich’s trotzdem nicht.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

Not bad considering 2

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

First song.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

A mal vieilli. Cet album me paraît intéressant sur le plan historique, car il évoque une esthétique très populaire dans les années 90. J'en profite pour me la péter et hurler que, sur les douze premiers que ce site m'a proposés, c'est le premier album dont je n'avais jamais entendu parler.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

Понравилась Visions Of You

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Meh. Not really my thing. There's a lot of 90s stuff in this list: the era where I was the most judgmental of music. But this isn't my thing.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

Yllättävän hyvin toimi vaikka hoilailu välillä koetteli kuuloaistia. Instrumentaalisti toimi, mut vielä jäätiin kolmesta tähdestä

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

I finally got to this album on YouTube. The music is fine. The talking male vocals don’t do it for me. I’m in between 2 and 3.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Upon discovering, prior to listening, that this was classified as world music by a guy named Jah Wobble, let's just say I didn't picture John Joseph Wardle from Stepney, East London. Then start listening, and try to imagine that this guy was inches away from being in the Sex Pistols. But since Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious are such better noms de plume than Jah Wobble, maybe it was for the best. I guess if 1973 Sid Vicious drunkenly gave me a nickname I would run with it too? Not 1978 Sid Vicious though. But Jah Wobble was too crazy for the Sex Pistols!? "Rising Above Bedlam" is not crazy. But going by the nickname your drunk and slurring 16-year-old friend gave you for the rest of your career and life. That's crazy.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Middle eastern jam band electronica with a 90's vibe. Nothing bleeds faster than the cutting edge. Listen at your own risk.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

Not great. When the album finished on Spotify, it autoplayed the first track of the Massive Attack album we had a few weeks ago, and I realised that there's a lot of similarities between that and this, except that the Massive Attack album is basically better in every way. The songs with the woman singing in Spanish are generally OK, the ones with the bloke chuntering on generally aren't. However, the title track (particularly at the end) is so peculiar that I actually quite liked it for its bizarreness, 'oh look, a fragment of plastic! Oh look, a sports commentator. Or was it a disused railway line?' 2/5. Just.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

a lot of trouble for this album...

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

Very hard to find this album on any platform... so I was disappointed by the ratio of enjoyment/time_spent_searching_for_the_album

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

blergh

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Fri Apr 15 2022
2

A trip around the world with a really annoying boring nasal man.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
2

Was expecting reggae from the name, but instead this is 80s-sounding British pop with some world influences. Nothing really stood out to me.

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Fri May 13 2022
2

This wasn't actively unpleasant to listen to, but for an album bursting with ideas it turned into background noise remarkably quickly.

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Fri May 27 2022
2

A pretty average experiment with a range of styles. Neither comfortable or showy, agile or clunky. All in all, pretty mild. But in a fun way?

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

on jah?

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Sun Jun 05 2022
2

I know he played bass in PiL and naturally the basslines are the best thing about it. I thought it started off ok but got a bit repetitive with the generic world music

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Thu Jun 23 2022
2

Hmmmm....couldn't get on with this. Trying to work out what I think of the fusion of world music. Either shedding light on lesser heard styles or a cultural appropriation pick & mix with a dub bass line and bad mystical poetry spoken over the top? Im tending towards the latter. To me the fusion rips the soul, and authenticity from the borrowed styles and sounds, rendering them plastic. And the poor poetic ramblings grinded on me....platitude, attitude, gratitude...FFS...its full of 90s new age sentiment that leaves me a bit empty. Sort of become one with the planet by err thinking of trees or something...the whole thing seemed a bit shallow to me

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

Come on guys we need more world music, all you’re giving me is fucking post punk. How about that Jah Wobble? Awesome, what is he Jamaican or…? Says here he’s from Stepney. Ah, he’s black though, yeah? Nar, mates with the Sex Pistols. Oh ffs, does he make reggae though? Yeeeeh, kind of dubby-post punk. Oh whatever, stick it in.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

Weird world music. Wasn’t terrible. Wasn’t good.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
2

It was inevitable, there had to be a time when an album I didn’t like came along. I appreciate the listen though and the massive mix of influences, I have just heard so much better world music inspired albums in my time!

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Sun Sep 04 2022
2

what a confusing mash of styles and sounds.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Meh. Not for me.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Sounded like the artist has a bunch of different mates who agreed to do a song each and they all have a different sound, songs were all over the place. Couldn’t get into it

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Not terrible or anything, but nothing I care to go back to and listen again.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

Membre i un dels causants del so de P.I.L., Jah Wobble va tornar anys més tard amb aquest nou experiment sonor. La seva vena i capacitat artística és fora de dubte. El so i la tonalitat és d'una gran qualitat. El problema és que la barreja de tants ingredients: guitarres (i veus) espanyoles, sons àrabs, voluntats raveres, percusions africanes... gairebé mai arriben a bon port... Un disc per escoltar més per com sona i què podria arribar a ser, que pel que és en realitat

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Sun Sep 25 2022
2

It was……interesting. Not really my style

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

Dull and annoying. It had some semblance of a vibe but I didn't really get into it. 1.5 but I'll give a two as I wasn't outright offended.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Meh.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
2

Great bassist, great bass playing but the sound of World Music in the early 90s as played by white people for white people

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

Very interesting and eclectic album. Probably not to my tastes but liked some of the songs and Sinead O'Connor's collaboration.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

Sounds like Sinead O'Connor doing background vocals. By golly it actually is! African rhythms and instruments are fun. I like the overall theme of striving toward something beyond the mundane, i.e. rising above Bedlam, ha ha. I don't know if the music really helps me along there though. It sounds pretty Bedlamish. I LOVE the title Invaders of the Heart! It just doesn't really do that. I wish it did! The title reminded me of another album by C.O.B called Moyshe McStiff And The Tartan Lancers Of The Sacred Heart. That music really does invade your heart! An album that should be on this list, one of the greatest folkish albums of all time. I guess that's what I want from music. I want it to invade my heart.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
2

also kinda weird.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Kind of forgettable record for me. There's some Middle-Eastern elements in there that make it pretty unique sounding but overall it doesn't stick much for me. I kind of found it hard to connect with and figure out what they were going for, and this left a gap that made me want more cohesion than I got. I liked "Everyman's an island", which felt like a 90's version of a 70's crime fighting movie music.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

Never heard of this band before and the title was intriguing. This definitely is an interesting album but it really reeks of its age. It's pretty dull.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

Mah...shoulder-shrug

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Fri Nov 11 2022
2

Strange album. Kind of all over the place from a style perspective.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
2

Definitely need to be on psychedelics for this.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
2

Dub bass, world music and vocals from your uncle who thinks Area 51 is a 'psyop'. This is pretty grim stuff all told, absolutely reeks of patchouli and cider in two-litre plastic bottles. Does anyone truly enjoy this bobbins?

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Thu Dec 01 2022
2

Looking up this one, I saw more remixes than albums and that's a red flag for me. This album cover is crazy uggo, and that's another red flag. This one is digging out of a hole for me is what I'm saying. The blurb on the wikipedia page that basically says this is a refreshing departure from Wobble's shitty music of the past is pretty lukewarm. Upon listening, this was not for me.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

Escuché algunas rolas de estos weyes de otros discos y están Chidas pero, o no escuchamos el mismo disco o no fumamos de la misma, nomás NE.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

Una de las peores mierdas que he escuchado nunca

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Mon Feb 01 2021
1

When you think it couldn't get any worse.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
1

nee, kan ik niets mee

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Wed Mar 31 2021
1

Awful

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Wed Jun 23 2021
1

Only listened to a few, but not something I liked.

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