Album review: Better Tomorrow - Etana

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 05:00 07/05/2013
Better Tomorrow - Etana
Better Tomorrow - Etana

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BETTER TOMORROW
Etana
(FMR/Universal)

While Rita Marley might be the undisputed queen of reggae, Etana has finally made an album that establishes her credentials to be considered a serious contender to the throne.

Her blow-away performance at Raggamuffin in Rotorua earlier this year, introduced her to reggae's second spiritual home and her third album shows a fierce determination to get back to her Kingston roots and exudes a major dose of positivity.

The simple righteous sentiments of songs such as The Prayer, Smile and Better Tomorrow have a lyrical backbone and sweet soulfulness that's as upright as the funky, sunshine back beats. 

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