Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

4 Rebels Vol. 2
Luciano, Sizzla, Mikey General & Anthony B
RAS-Sanctuary
CD
07 - 12 - 2003

Track list
  1. Luciano - Rasta Party
  2. Luciano - Enough Is Enough
  3. Luciano - This Is The Time
  4. Sizzla - Be Strong
  5. Sizzla - Judgement
  6. Sizzla - Take Your Time
  7. Mikey General - Bless The Stress
  8. Mikey General - Jah First
  9. Mikey General - Love And Mercy
  10. Anthony B - Clean Heart
  11. Anthony B - Talk Too Much
  12. Anthony B - Wrong A Wrong
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Two years ago the first volume of "4 Rebels" appeared with three tracks apiece from the cultural artists Luciano, Anthony B, Yami Bolo and Sizzla. Now here's "4 Rebels Vol. 2" with again "three in a row" tunes from Bobo Dread chanters Sizzla and Anthony, and vocalists Luciano and Mikey General, the latter replacing Yami Bolo. Anthony B has been exciting crowds the worldover with his fiery brand of conscious dancehall. Sizzla has been tearing it up with his hardcore style, whilst Luciano has been compared to Bob Marley and hardly ever fails to deliver great music. Fine roots singer Mikey General always shows the love of a Rastaman. Under the watchful guidance of artist/producer Robert Ffrench these reggae giants deliver some fine performances, mainly chanting down "the system" and shouting out for justice. The Messenjah Luciano kicks off with a disappointing, mediocre tune - "Rasta Party", but then returns to form with two strong efforts. "Enough Is Enough" is an excellent song showing the singer at his very best, whilst "This Is The Time" is a matching cut. Next comes Sizzla. In recent years he has shown that he's no longer an artist who seemingly effortless can deliver a whole bunch of high quality tunes in a short period of time. But anyway, the first track, "Be Strong", shows Sizzla at his best. It's a great uplifting roots tune, performed over a revitalized classic riddim with a wicked bassline. Next drops a dancehall oriented track with Sizzla in fiery form. "Judgement" is a solid tune with the Bobo Dread relentlessly firing lyrics to burn down Babylon. Lyrically and vocally "Take Your Time" is a decent tune, but in the end it suffers from a mediocre bouncing riddim. Even though he didn't break real big Mikey General has been a main player in the roots scene now for well over a decade. Here he's present with three very strong songs, which are performed over well laid riddims. All tunes benefit from Mikey's inimitable powerful style, and there's no doubt that these compelling modern roots songs will appeal to any reggae fan. The Anthony B tracks are taken from his album "More Love". The Original Fireman treats us to pure message tunes with "Talk Too Much" being the best effort. Also "Clean Heart" and "Wrong A Wrong" are decent efforts and thus worth of hearing.
"4 Rebels Vol. 2" is a solid compilation set packed with tunes that will speak to your heart, mind and consciousness.