Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Bunker Buster
Twinkle Brothers
Twinkle Music
CD
March 20, 2013

Twinkle Brothers Track list
  1. You Brought It All On Yourself
  2. Make The Future Better
  3. Behind Enemy Lines
  4. Terrorizing
  5. Ground Zero
  6. Legends Never Die
  7. Bunker Buster
  8. Massacre At Mazar-E-Sharif
  9. Hijack At Stansted
  10. Barnyard
  11. What A Sorrow
  12. Crimes Against Humanity
  13. Silent Witness
  14. Innocent Victim
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Norman Grant and his bredrins and sistrens have been on a recording frenzy of late and it's all good! Whether hooking up with producer Gussie P ("Culture Defenders") or releasing thoughtfulness on his long standing Twinkle Music label; Norman and his brother Ralston have struck gold again with "Bunker Buster".

Norman and Ralston Grant (nucleus of Twinkle Brothers) are definite survivors in the Reggae Musik world. From their humble beginnings in Jamaica in the 1960's to their unflinching popularity from Warsaw to Maui and beyond; they have the utmost raspect of the Reggae fraternity and a Roots pool of musicians to draw from when they perform and record. Norman has recorded numerous solo sets but Ralston has always been nearby. He contributes royally here with harmonica and riddim guitar. Norman juggles lead vox, drums, keys and percussion. U.K heroes Black Steel and Jerry Lions handle lead guitars. Additional keys are provided by Greg Assin and Caroline Williams. These wicked tracks were recorded and mixed at Twinkle Recording Studio (London) by Derek Fevrier, whose Twinkle link goes back decades.

You Brought It All On Yourself boasts a nice Steppas riddim but Ralston's harmonica work (as thru the whole album) adds a really organic and soul reach feel that complements Norman's sweet voice. Make The Future Better has a Mad Professor dimension with broad bass and Black Steel's concrete licks - sounds like work from the "Chant Rastafari" set. Behind Enemy Line is wicked to the bridge. Solid foundation with Dr. Demondo allowing equal time for Norman's chants and killer Dub fx. Terrorizing is a Dread anthem with harmonica dripping with emotion; almost Augustus Pablo style. Ground Zero is a wailing observation of a terrible day with the Dub backfield impeccable. Legends Never Die is one of the most heartfelt songs from Twinkle sounds in a while. Though the vocals are minimal, the ambience is nectar.

Bunker Buster is no jester. Evoking memories of war, this workout is mixed with broad parameters. Massacre and Hijack follow in the same crucial vein. Barnyard is a nice marriage of Norman's Dread delivery and solid Steppas riddim. What A Sorrow is Sound System tight with Ralston's plucking and harmonica spicing up the area. Crimes Against Humanity is reminiscent of the recent "Crime And Corruption" set (recently reviewed) and is just plain murder. Silent Witness is a Dub workout that showcases Ralston's abilities and would make Horace Swaby (A. Pablo) very proud! Innocent Victim is a chord strong Dub that rocks the Dancehall floor to the foundation.

It is strongly recommended that you add "Bunker Buster" to your collection. There are hundreds of releases with the Twinkle imprint and this one ranks right up there. The format of minimal but powerful lyrics and heavy duty riddims with a wicked mix make this a full supper. Maximum raspect to Norman and Ralston Grant and crew for this heartical effort! Go deh!!!!!!!