Cruzing EP
Anthony Cruz
Tads Records
Digital Release
July 20, 2015

Track list
  1. News For You
  2. Mother & Daughter
  3. Another Lonely Day
  4. Money Worries
  5. A Pound A Day
  6. The Next Time
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Jamaican reggae artist Rowan Smith aka Anthony Cruz is a fine singer with a compelling voice as he has been demonstrating since he scored his first number one tune with his 1997 released second single, the Willie Lindo produced "Just Call My Name" (on the "Really Together" riddim). Albums such "Mama Blessing", "Fight With All You Might" and "Inna Di Dance" showed that Anthony Cruz not only is a lovers rock crooner, but also an artist who delivers culture and reality songs and this brand new "Cruzing EP" is no exception.

Underpinned by a relick of Larry Marshall's classic "Throw Me Corn" riddim, "News For You" gets this EP started in a real nice way. This lovers track about the end of a relationship due to a guy being misleased and abused, is followed by "Mother & Daughter", which was released as a single in 2012. It's a solid song that asks the question: What would you do when you found yourself in a love triangle with mother and daughter? And also the third track, the well done "Another Lonely Day", touches a love theme. Next comes the conscious, socio-economic lament of "Money Worries" (not a cover of the classic Maytones tune!) on a new version of Studio One's "Truly" riddim. It shows the versatility of this soulful singer. John Holt's "Police In Helicopter" riddim has been revitalized for "A Pound A Day", a herb tune that leaves a good impression. With "The Next Time" the listener is treated to another tune that deals with affairs of the heart. It rounds out this 6-track EP in fine style.

All in all this "Cruzing EP" is a real nice prelude of what is in store on Anthony Cruz's upcoming full length studio album.