‘Til Shiloh' by Buju Banton is 24 years old this week, the best reggae album to be released outside of the 1970s. He was already the Voice of Jamaica and notorious for probably the most homophobic song on record but then two of his friends were killed and he converted to Rastafarianism. His worldview completely changed and he renounced that song from his back catalogue, this album has no glorification of the gun and sounds like it's sung by a haunted sufferah. His voice is MIGHTY like a lion.... like seriously HUGE, 'Til I'm Laid To Rest' is a great example where the song sounds very powerful and strong even though it's just vocals and a Nyabinghi drum, it makes the album very empowering. Not only that but it's socially conscious, the most since Bob Marley and it did a lot to revive Jamaican music internationally, at home it brought the dancehall music popular with the youth to the more introspective and pan-African music enjoyed by the older heads. Such a diverse range of styles here, dancehall, acoustic, roots, electronic dub, it's well worth checking out for something reggae that's not Bob. Sounds like it could've been released this year.