Ain't Givin' Up

This long-lived reggae crew hasn't released an album of new material in four years.

This long-lived reggae crew hasn't released an album of new material in four years. But now, in synch with the group's 30th anniversary, comes the classic-sounding Ain't Givin' Up. Third World has long been known—and criticized by purists—for genre busting. Check out "Jah Is in Your Heart" for a fine reggae/R&B sound that roused disapproval in certain circles. "Natural Mystic," a pop/funk/reggae amalgam, is another example of Third World's willingness to embrace eclecticism. For something more aggressive with a dancehall punch, cue up "Rebel Rock Session." Ain't Givin' Up is one large, righteous vibe, tailor-made for anyone desiring a reggae sound that doesn't self-consciously hammer itself into a cozy niche. This is Third World doing its thing and doing it with style.—PVV