This album seems to have created a rift in the UB40 fan base. It seems that people either think it is a rip-off, or a work of genius. It would be interesting to know the age and background of the people who have voiced an opinion, but my guess is as follows. Those in their late 30's and 40's (myself included) who grew up with reggae in the late 60's and 70's and have followed UB40 from the late 70's will see this as one of their best albums. Far better than volumes 1 and 2 (which I still think are well worth listening too) and on a par with 'Signing Off', 'Promises and Lies' and 'Guns in the Ghetto'. Younger people, and those on the fringes of reggae in the 60's and 70's - and this is in no way meant to be offensive - will probably not like it so much. It is not as 'light and fluffy' as the previous 2 LoL's with the possible exception of 'Come Back Darling' which will bring back wonderful memories to those of us who remember the original.
I used to hear UB40 practicing in the Eagle and Tun in Birmingham - and I saw them in concert in Philadelphia last year. They are professional to the core and would never produce a rip-off album. Everything they do is a true labour of love, and much as I oppose their pro-drug stand I hope they continue to produce a mixture of original music and cover versions for many years to come.