Picks and Pans Review: Messenger

UPDATED 05/05/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/05/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

Luciano

Luciano's 1995 U.S. debut, Where There Is Life, galvanized the international reggae community (he was already a star in his native Jamaica and was fast becoming one in the U.K.) with its sunny yet deeply religious and reflective songs—a marked contrast to the then-popular rough and raunchy dance-hall style. Two years later the singer many consider the heir to the late Bob Marley is back with an album that picks up where his last one left off. On upbeat numbers like the title track and the joyful "Never Give Up My Pride," or on the insistent, moody "Feel Like Moving," Luciano delivers a universal mantra of faith, self-determination and irresistible spirituality. (Island Jamaica)

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