The mighty Horace Andy's first LP; you could scarcely ask for a sweeter slice of roots-reggae soul. Andy's voice is here as crystal-sharp and precise as a stream of icy springwater, and the whole affair is handled with a perfect simplicity. Tidy trails of echo around the vocals, a crunchy exactness in the guitars, and deep soul grooves with a nascent sense of dread menace emanating from the bass.
The title track is just monstrously classic-- I mean, seriously, it does not get any better than "Skylarking," in terms of Jamaican soul-- but it's far from the only stunner. Nearly every track is a frank stunner in fact, but the highlights include the stupendous cover of the classic French single, "Mamy Blue" (here "Mamie Blue"), the sexy come-on/break-up of "Night Owl," and the prophesying "Every Tongue Shall Tell." The album-opener, a surprising, meandering cover of Cat Stevens' "Where Do the Children Play," is likely among the weaker selections on record, but nonetheless fascinating and really quite lovely. You can't lose with this one.