Inna Di Dance
Shan Shan Music
May 17, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3/4|
Although Anthony Cruz (real name Rowan Smith) was raised in the same Mandeville neighbourhood as his cousin Aaron Silk and uncle the late Garnet Silk, he started to make a name for himself under the direction of Miami based musician/producer Willie Lindo's Heavy Beat imprint. Anthony Cruz, whose parents were excellent singers, is a fine soulful singer as he demonstrates throughout his fifth studio album entitled "Inna Di Dance" and several tracks here make for compelling listening.
Anthony Cruz's brand new album brings the listener a real nice mix of lovers rock, cultural songs and dancehall related tunes. The outstanding tracks feature the spiritual album opener "Watch Over Me", sung over a captivating reggae riddim with fine female harmonies, the powerful "Don't Test We", and the lovers pieces "Love Is Here To Stay" (with Dean Fraser's sax play giving it a nice touch) and the great "Gold". Among the other highlights are tracks such as the lovers song "Running Back", the light-hearted "Weekend", which is underpinned by a revitalized classic riddim as is the solid uplifting message tune "One Step A Dem", and the collaboration with Luciano "I Won't Wait", a nice tribute to their mothers.
The title track "Inna Di Dance" speaks about persons just holding a vibe inside the dancehall and enjoying themselves. It's produced by Stone Love's Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell and comes across the "Banjo" riddim. "Inna Di Dance" is the kind of song that will find immediate favour with DJ's and sound men. Surprisingly good is the jazzy flavoured "Get Out The Music", a collaboration with female dancehall deejay Macka Diamond, who shows she's a decent singer as well. Another surprise is Anthony Cruz's well done interpretation of Elvis Presley's "Suspicion", a great tune to listen to when you're in a romantic mood.
"Inna Di Dance" provides nearly non-stop enjoyment for those who are seeking for a singer with a great voice who brings reggae music with an international feel.