As one of the foremost progenitors of that romantic reggae subset known as lovers rock, veteran singer/songwriter Beres Hammond knows how to bring the heart to a simmer. As a voice of conscience and empowerment in his native Jamaica, Hammond can bring those same hearts to a boil.
Last year’s double-LP One Love, One Life is neatly split between those pursuits, and it finds him in fine form, flexing vocal powers that mark him alongside the likes of Joe Cocker and Columbus cat Josh Krajcik.
Harmony House Singers & Players, DJ Inferno & Ruffneck Sound and Roots High Power Sound System are also on the bill for Tuesday’s party at the Alrosa.
When: Tue August 20, 2013 @ 8:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Where: Alrosa Villa
5055 Sinclair Road
Legendary crooner Beres Hammond, one of the most recognizable voices in all of Jamaica, is back with “One Love, One Life,” a 20-track double album with steady grooves and some bonafide classics. Self-produced and recorded in his Kingston studio, Hammond has organized a record that splits into matters of the heart (”One Love”) and social consciousness ”One Life.” “No Candle Light” is instantly amazing, Hammond is ever the gentleman on the tender mid-tempo groove “In My Arms” and the romantic ballad “Lonely Fellow” is sincere. The second album is calm and refreshing, full of songs that will uplift. One bright spot is the title track, where Hammond makes it clear that he isn’t “singing for fame.”