Rebirth - Jimmy Cliff
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 29, 2012
    80
    It's a return to form and just what fans of Cliff's early work could ask for, but it's vital too, putting it on the man's top shelf, somewhere in the vicinity of The Harder They Come soundtrack and Wonderful World, Beautiful People.
  2. Aug 29, 2012
    90
    Cliff has never needed to reaffirm his place in the reggae pantheon. With Rebirth, he went ahead and did it anyway--and then some.
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    80
    This is Cliff's first studio album in seven years--and he indeed sounds reborn.
  4. Aug 29, 2012
    80
    Rebirth is completely captivating.
  5. Aug 29, 2012
    77
    Specifically though, Rebirth absolutely boasts some of the best tunes that Cliff's recorded since his string of successes surrounding the international releases of The Harder They Come.
  6. 70
    Rebirth's greatest reward is the proof it provides that the reggae master hasn't lost touch with the spirit, attitude, and sounds of the music that has long since made him a legend.
  7. Aug 29, 2012
    63
    For an album so indebted to artists he inspired, Rebirth still feels thoroughly and essentially Cliff's.
  8. Aug 29, 2012
    60
    The best thing he's done since [Hard Road to Travel]. [Jul 2012, p.88]
  9. Aug 29, 2012
    75
    Produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, the music here is predominantly a pitch-perfect versioning of 1970s reggae.
  10. Aug 29, 2012
    90
    It would be easy to think this might be the final great outing from such an important reggae music figure, but part of Rebirth's lore is that it sounds so fresh.
  11. Aug 29, 2012
    80
    Most of the originals are strong enough to pass as covers of classic jams. The actual covers, meanwhile, are spot on.
  12. While there is nothing here which startles, the spirit of the music is vivid.

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