Album: UB40, Getting Over the Storm (Virgin)

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A second album since the mournful Ali Campbell was replaced as lead voice by his brother Duncan. And they have a theme.

Taking their cue from Jamaica's longstanding relationship with country music, the group have applied their straight-outta-the-fridge synthesized skank to the works of Jim Reeves, George Jones and Vince Gill etc, interleaved with more originals. It all hangs together quite nicely if, as ever, rather uninvolvingly. Diggin' the pedal-steel, though.