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Single Review: Ali Campbell – ‘Carrie Anne’

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Ali Campbell is the iconic voice behind the multi million selling musical phenomena that is UB40. Having been around for over three decades, the singer is no stranger to chart topping hits and international recognition having gained number ones with the singles Red, Red Wine and the Elvis cover of (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You.

AliCampbellCarrieAnneUnfortunately for Ali Campbell the days of UB40 are now over, having left the band in 2008 after a 30 year stint as the bands founder and front-man. As the voice behind the outfit basks in the success of his fourth solo record, Great British Songs, a collection that showcases a number of sixties and seventies hits, reggaefied with the magic touch of the singer, the lead single to be taken from the record has been giving us a glimpse into the new album and the number is a fresh revival of a classic.

Carrie-Anne was a song originally made famous by UK band The Hollies and is one of two Hollies numbers that the singer covers on the record (the other being He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother) and he works his magic on the track to make it a fantastic cover well worthy of a stamp of approval from the writers of the track.

The structure and melody of the song isn’t too different from the original but this was Campbell’s intention. Not to change the songs – just to reggaefy them.

Campbell transforms the number from a pop track into one with Jamaican beats and reggae flows that breathes life into a classic and coats it with a freshness that allows it to show its versatility.

It’s great to hear the songs that are featured on the new record and Carrie Anne is one of the highlights on the record that was well chosen as the fronting track for the release.