More useful, perhaps, is to put the album's release in a context that the white rockers who read this paper will appreciate: Two Sevens Clash is partly responsible for the Clash's foray into dub and reggae, for seminal female punk trio the Slits' glorious Cut, for Public Image Limited's dub-infused Metal Box and the overall intermingling of reggae and rock that spawned British post-punk, a sound so in vogue among hipsters right now. The record was a big hit in England at the time, and it shared with post-punk an anger, an existential loneliness, the frustration of being beaten down and the glorious realization that being in such a state could be harnessed to create tense, angry music. Where Jamaican kindred vocal groups the Itals and Burning Spear were using their fluttering, heavenly harmonies to address repression, Culture had a noticeable edge that struck a nerve with the punks and has continued to inspire since its release. Unfortunately, Hill's anger has, over the years, morphed into self-righteousness, which is fine, but his recent work, including the new World Peace, with its cloying cover photo of Hill standing next to a group of children, isn't going to set the rockers on fire. For that, hit Two Sevens, and discover the power of the dirty/pretty Jamaican stuff.
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