Real Rebels Can't Die" is another solid collection of tunes, and as usual Nereus Joseph's vocal technique can't be faulted. This roots & culture oriented album has been produced in house at the Sirius Studio by himself and Kenny Edgehill, and features musical contributions from experienced players of instruments like Mafia & Fluxy, Valerie Skeete, and Ruff Cutt band members Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie, Tony Phillips and Kenton "Fish" Brown.
The album opens in real fine style with the solid title track "Real Rebels Can't Die", which happens to be a wonderful tune with a nice sax on top of a groovy one drop riddim. Next drops the huge single "Fundimental Principles Of Life", which comes across a slow burning roots one drop, laid by UK's renown Heywood brothers aka Mafia & Fluxy and mixed by Ruff Cutt member Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie. It's followed by a superior slice of modern roots entitled "Make A Stand", a big tune and one of the undisputed highlights of this album. The "Liberation" riddim underpins the combination song "No Peace" with veteran Dennis Alcapone showing that he's still able to deliver a notable deejay part. It rounds off the first part of this album and a truly strong part it is!
The acoustic "Send Them A Message" is a moving tune that benefits from Nereus Joseph's warm heartfelt vocal and fine lyrical deliver."Kultural Herb" is a solid effort that utilizes a revitalized version of Jackie Mittoo's "In Cold Blood" riddim, whilst the sparkling "Africa For Africans" comes across a relick of The Chantels' "Children Of Jah" riddim. Another highlight is,"Rastafari Lives", the combination tune with a young artist who hails from the island of St. Lucia who calls himself Jah Mirikle. The decent "One Love Tonite" preceeds the excellent"Grounded", one of the best tunes on this album delivered over a fresh cut of Dennis Walks' "Drifter" riddim. Dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah guests on the killer "Shield & Armour", a wicked piece worth of hearing over and over again. Not only are the great vibes maintained in the wonderful "Meet You In Zion", but it's also a perfect stepping stone to the final part of the album.
It starts off with the awesome "Inner City Youths" on a refurnished version of Michael Prophet's "Mash Down Rome" riddim, followed by the matching "Warn Them" with real fine guest appearences of label mates Selah Collins and Afrikan Simba. The beautiful "Ancient Monarchy"provokes a true goosebumps moment, and if that's not enough, the album rounds off in great style with the excellent "Make A Plan".
Any fan of good modern roots reggae who is in for a treat should purchase Nereus Joseph's "Real Rebels Can't Die". Ignore at your peril!