Sign of the Times
was one of the landmark reggae records of the mid-'80s, mainly because Macka B's
powerful, political vocals were given an ambitious, stunning musical backdrop by Mad Professor
. It pushed song-oriented reggae into the world of dub, helping create a new musical language along the way. And that music is given force by Macka B's
toasting, which is never simplistic or dull. Truly a wonderful, provoking record that has stood the test of time.