Picks and Pans Review: Barefoot Soldier
A Briton of Guyanese heritage, Grant has been recording since the '60s, first with a group called the Equals and then as a solo act, scoring one big hit seven years ago with "Electric Avenue." He's still banging around in studios, making records where he plays most of the instruments himself, singing in that rough, town crier's voice and producing uneven yet quite often intriguing music.
This is Grant's best effort since 1983's Killer on the Rampage. It contains the sunny, infectious "Gimme Hope Jo'anna," done in the Caribbean dance style, soca; the pretty palm-tree ballad "Talk About Love"; the strut of "We Got to Work It Out"; the herky-jerky calypso of "The Youth Tom Tom"; and even a silly country ramble, "Sweet on the Road."
The corker is "Welcome to La Tigre," a strange combination that could best be described as Gallic reggae. That's Grant for you, playing around with a bunch of different styles. He may bomb out once in a while, but he's rarely boring. (Enigma)