Midnite-GroundBreaking Collaboration
GroundBreaking Records
September 15, 2007

Track list
  1. Ehlend
  2. Due
  3. Job
  4. Chapta
  5. Aneed
  6. Precepts
  7. Earth
  8. Jahlookova
  9. Jai
  10. To Live
  11. Tri
  12. Airful
  13. Keep Yure Love
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
If you're a roots reggae fan who hasn't heard of the high prolific St. Croix reggae band Midnite yet, you've been either in outerspace in the past years or you belong to a group of purists who believe real reggae music can only be made in Jamaica by Jamaican artists and musicians. We really pity you because Midnite has produced quite a few very interesting quality albums, whether on their own or in collaboration with others.

For "Aneed" Midnite (read Vaughn Benjamin) has collaborated with GroundBreaking Records, founded in St. Croix by Donny Dread and his brother Dale Melody around 2000. Donny Dread's voice might be known from his 2004 released debut album "Set De Pace" and his contribution to the Weep Not" compilation, but he has also played on numerous St. Croix recordings including "Heed Jah Call", and "Nemozian Rasta". The tracks for the "Aneed" album were recorded in early 2002, but it lasted until 2007 before the cd became available. However the long wait was worthwhile as we're treated to great vocals and harmonies, solid to great tunes and appealing, all original riddims.

Vaughn Benjamin's mesmerizing vocal delivery and great lyrical ability, combined with a very distinctive roots sound created by Donny Dread and Vaughn Benjamin himself (with Laurent "Tippy" Alfred playing guitar on the last track), keep you involved from beginning to end. Besides that this collection of tunes urges you to give the album another spin in order to enjoy (and explore) the music and lyrics further.

Compared to Midnite albums like e.g. "Rule The Time" and "Jah Grid", "Aneed" has a complete different vibe, but that's what makes Midnite / Vaugh Benjamin truly interesting and unique in today's roots reggae scene... even if they're not coming from Jamaica.