Jimmy Cliff might be the most prolific artist I’ve covered in this blog (OK, probably not more prolific than Jandek, but he’s superhuman). Last year, forty-five years after his debut, he released the Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth, which shocked the world by being both a brilliant artistic achievement and an incredibly fun listen. “He’s back!” we all said, perhaps not realizing that he had been “back” multiple times in the nearly five decades his career has spanned so far.
The comments on this copy of 1990′s Images are not particularly plentiful or controversial, but I found them striking in that they could have just as easily been applied to Rebirth, twenty-plus years later.
“What a pleasant surprize! He’s back - musically too! Upbeat reggae sounds from a reggae institution.”
“Jimmy Cliff proves that all reggae does not sound alike (if you thought it did)... A very varied album. ‘Rebel in Me’ is especially beautiful.”
“‘Pressure’ is best cut.”