Release Date: Aug 19, 2008
Record label: Narnack
Genre(s): Rock, Reggae
Since the dub renaissance commenced around the turn of the century, the Original Upsetter, Lee “Scratch" Perry, has acquired an entirely new audience. Repentance is Perry’s 54th studio album, and he has embraced his new following fully. It's not just everyday folks: In 2006 Perry met Andrew W.K. at SXSW and asked him to co-produce Repentance -- further embracing a generation of followers to his subliminal sounds.
This legendarily eccentric dub-reggae producer has been steadily releasing albums since the early ’80s after he torched his Black Ark studio and fled Jamaica. However, it’s overwhelmingly Lee “Scratch” Perry’s work behind the mixing board in the ’70s that’s allowed him to pack clubs and festivals as a performer. Arguably, much of his solo material over the last quarter-century is no more disappointing than reggae itself has been since its ’70s heyday, which Perry contributed to mightily.