|THE END OF AN AMERICAN DREAM - LEE PERRY
CD: Megawave MEGW0242
Produced by John Saxon
End Of An American Dream is an unique collaboration between Lee Perry and British musican Steve Marshall. Scratch provides upsetting observations and scat vocals on top of a set of eclectic backing tracks that range from beat box reggae to funk to old school hip hop. Despite the provocative title, there's not a lot of politics on the album, other than Scratch calling for the world to disarm on "Disco Cats" and an Allen Ginsberg-esque anti-American vibe on the title track. While Scratch seems to be sleepwalking his way through certain tracks, on others he's quite lively and certainly Marshall's music is quite different than anything else in Scratch's solo catalog. While not crucial, American Dream is certainly an interesting side street to take a walk down.