The Black Album Image
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  • Summary: This is the second collaboration between Lee "Scratch" Perry and London-based producer/engineer Daniel Boyle.
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 12, 2018
    80
    The result is another madcap sonic escapade. [Dec 2018, p.87]
  2. Uncut
    Dec 12, 2018
    70
    The Black Album, dubs and all, could use some more of Perry's surrealist medicine. But it's hard to deny that ut's good to hear him in such healthy form. [Jan 2019, p.23]
  3. The Wire
    Dec 12, 2018
    70
    There’s no denying that braggadocio has always been a key component of the genre but after a while it does become wearing when little more is on offer to elevate the tunes. What rescues the whole affair is Daniel Boyle’s dedication to the task at hand and his skills in bringing the rhythms and end mixes together, though with session input from the great but unsung UK reggae sessioneer Hughie Izachaar on guitar and bass plus old Upsetter Robbie Lyn on keyboards it’s enough to infuse any session with confidence. [Nov 2018, p.62]
  4. Dec 12, 2018
    60
    Each of the songs are immediately reprised by dub versions, and these indulge in all of the spacy echo and delay effects one would expect, often improving on the originals. Overall, though, the music just doesn't seem quite as pushed to the outer limits as Back on the Controls. The Black Album isn't a major disappointment, but it isn't exceptional, either.