Uncut - 9/02, p.1104 stars out of 5
- "A masterpiece that confirms his status as reggae's dark prince."
The Wire - 9/02, p.68
"...[Hudson's] rhythms are rich in both influence and execution. Deploying Hawaiian guitar and disembodied harmony singing, he created some of the most atmospheric work in reggae..."
Hudson's relationship with Virgin was, to say the least, tempestuous. Because of his outspoken liberterian Rasta ideology, Virgin had in mind molding him into the the next Bob Marley, a marketing ploy that Hudson vigorously resisted. Still, Virgin thought it had a Marley-type album when Hudson delivered this set of hard riddims. Although not quite Catch a Fire, Rasta Communication is a fine effort, with Hudson upping the political ante on songs like "Felt the Strain" and "My Eyes Are Red." ~ John Dougan