New Day

New Day (RAS, 1990)

It's a shame that Link 'n' Chain haven't received more attention than they have.  In both sound and level of success they have achieved, they remind me a lot of Foundation.  Both are harmony trios that have a prototypical roots sound with a light crossover appeal (Foundation having a bit more of a mainstream sound), but neither has reached the level of notoriety that they deserve, partly because neither has such a distinguishable sound.  Each seems to be a conglomeration of other reggae groups; somewhere between the exuberance of a Steel Pulse or Aswad and the righteousness of an Abyssinians or Israel Vibration.  Still, while their nondescript sound has hurt both bands' success, that certainly doesn't mean that there is no good material on their albums.  New Day, for instance, features emotional vocals, taut harmonies, and an old-fashioned mid-tempo roots feel with more of an emphasis on horns, keyboards, and guitars than on heavy bass lines.  Led by Paul "Mirror" Williams and featuring Dwight "Tweety" Campbell Dan Trevor "Kashah" Douglas on harmonies, Link 'n' Chain's impassioned voices and solid melodies carry "Dirty Works," "Blackman's Burden," "New Day," "Fools," and the lovers track "Bad Girl."  As Foundation has trouble doing, however, Link 'n' Chain can't keep this consistently strong level throughout the album.  Still, New Day is a decent debut that is worth a listen, though not something to actively seek out.

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Track Listing
1. New Day
2. Dirty Works
3. Fools
4. Blackman's Burden
5. Oppression
6. Bad Girl
7. African Struggle
8. Leavin' Outa Here
9. Conscious
10. Don't Bus' It
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