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Throughout his career as a vocalist, Armstrong’s voice has been compared to the late, great frontman for the Clash. Both men possessed an expressively breathless anger that sometimes whispered and, at others, melodically shouted about the socio-political ills of the day, sharing a leaning towards reggae in their music at various stages.
Ironically, Armstrong continued his tutelage at the feet of the punk idol with the signing of the Mescaleros (Strummer’s last musical project before his death) to Hellcat Records in 2001.
The disc’s opener, “Wake Up”, is evident of the harmonic symbiosis of Armstrong and the Aggrolites.
Exemplary of the bulk of the songs on A Poet’s Life, “Wake Up” is full-throttle reggae with echoing vocals that incorporate both old school punk and modern hip-hop.
While his penchant for Caribbean-tinged punk never quite abandoned Armstrong—some of Rancid’s biggest hits like “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho” bearing a strong essence of ska in their composition—most of the tracks on his solo album beef up the reggae quotient even more.