With lines like “taking the top spot” and “eyes on the prize”, the opening title track works pretty well as a statement of intent for Sons of Zion on their latest LP. While their debut Universal Love (2013) wasn’t exactly a pure reggae album either, Vantage Point is an unashamed bid for the mainstream, with pop and R&B flavours very much to the fore.
True, reggae rhythms anchor most of the songs and the breezy canter of ‘Early In The Morning’ and ‘Black Hole’ won’t disappoint their old school fans. However, slick urban grooves and arrangements predominate, particularly on soul smoochers like ‘So Bright’ and ‘Same Old Me’, while the #1 hit ‘Drift Away’ is a simple, sweetly-strummed, acoustic ballad (although there is also a sleek electronic remix included among the bonus tracks). Eminently radio friendly, Vantage Point doesn’t deviate too far from the now familiar Pacific reggae template but is sure to win them a much wider fanbase.
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