UB40 mixes new songs with old gems on latest album

UB40 mixes new songs with old gems on latest album

Twenty-five years after their recording debut, Britain’s venerable pop-reggae group UB40 _ perhaps best known for the chart-toping 1984 remake of “Red, Red Wine” _ smartly plays to its strengths with politically minded originals alongside reworked pop and reggae classics on “Who You Fighting For.”

The best of the latter is an update of “Things You Say You Love,” The Jamaicans’ vintage roots-reggae hit from the 1970s, and a surprising Beatles artifact, “I’ll Be On My Way”; more obvious is Matumbi’s seminal ’70s British reggae hit “After Tonight.” “Duke of Earl” Gene Chandler’s “Groovy Situation” (title-changed here to “Good Situation”) seems an odd pick, but grows on you as the chorus repeats.

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