One Love, One Life

One Love, One Life

by Beres HammondBeres Hammond




Like rock singer Joe Cocker, reggae singer Beres Hammond is a captivating mix of soulful and dynamic, adding gravitas to the simplest of lyrics while keeping his earnestness in check with plenty of nostalgia for the simpler, happier, old days. That doesn't mean he's a back-to-the-earth Rasta, but a man who prefers "grown folks" lovers rock and the socially conscious material of crooners like Dennis Brown or Gregory Isaacs. With his voice in fine shape, his 2012 effort, One Love, One Life, looks to give each of his styles a bit more room, putting ten songs of love and romance on the One Love disc, and ten songs of social awareness on the disc dubbed One Life. If the set were split in two, these would be two of the more valuable albums in the man's discography, with the songs of love placing only slightly higher. That's due to the clever songwriting of tracks like the ska-inspired, Freddie McGregor-like bouncer "Can't Waste No Time" and the humble "Lonely Fellow," where hunky Beres convincingly plays a lovelorn wallflower. With most of these cuts co-produced by Hammond himself, the production goes from smooth jazz cool ("No Candlelight") to punchy and dubby ("Crazy Dreams"), with the One Love side closer "The Song" being the one cut that's polished and pop. The One Life side offers the hot along with the cool as well, but takes more chances with the ecological and sociological issues of "Still Searching" swirling like a funk tornado inside the singer's head. Level-headed, old-school reggae tunes influence the sound of "Don't You Feel Like Dancing," a warm, comfortable highlight that revisits the idea of his hit "Rockaway," where nostalgia for sweeter music is really nostalgia for sweeter times. "Prime Time" is a light-hearted, Shaggy-styled swerve with plenty of studio tricks that come right out of the world of ragga, but the closer "I Humble Myself" is vintage and grand Beres as Strachan sister Samantha joins the ranks of powerhouse voices that have performed moving duets with the man. One Love, One Life may be a bit too big and conceptual for newcomers to consider, but fans should think it very necessary, and shuffle the two "sides" together whenever they crave an oversized and excellent Hammond experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645196420
catalogNumber: 1964

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beres Hammond   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dalton Browne   Guitar
Lloyd Denton   Drums,Keyboards
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Michael Fletcher   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Dean Fraser   Horn,Saxophone
Errol Graham   Percussion
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Willie Lindo   Guitar
Lloyd Parks   Bass
Dwight Richards   Trumpet
Style Scott   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Handel Tucker   Keyboards
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Keyboards
Heather Cummings   Background Vocals
Robert Browne   Guitar
Cherine Anderson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Angus   Guitar
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
Shaun Darson   Drums
Fabian Smith   Keyboards
Robbie Lyn   Bass,Keyboards
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis   Bass
Kirk Bennett   Drums
Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen   Guitar
Trevor McKenzie   Bass
Errol Hird   Saxophone
Ivor "Willie" Lindo   Guitar
Aeion Hoilett   Bass
Samuel Grant   Trumpet
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar   Percussion,Drums
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin   Keyboards
Ranoy Gordon   Guitar
Franklyn "Bubbler" Waul   Keyboards
Dorrett Wisdom   Background Vocals
Samantha Strachan   Background Vocals
Joshua Mannings   Keyboards
Jimmy Peart   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Beres Hammond   Producer,Executive Producer
Michael Fletcher   Producer
Michael Gayle   Engineer
Donovan Germain   Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Producer,Engineer
Shane Brown   Engineer
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Greg Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
Kevino "Bunu" Elliott   Engineer
Devario Jones   Engineer
K. Bennett   Composer
Romel Marshall   Engineer
M. Fletcher   Composer
T. Evans   Composer
Dwight Dias   Engineer

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