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“The Loser” is one of reggae’s greatest ballads, so we already knew about Harriott’s butter-melting tenor. But here’s something the doo-wop- and R&B-heavy Donkey Years can teach us: If Harriott were an American, he’d be ranked alongside Smokey Robinson and Sam Cooke as an all-time-classic soul singer. —Christopher Porter