Reggae Land
Bob Andy
Upstairs Music
May 11, 2007

Track list
  1. Love Fills You Up
  2. Reggae Land
  3. Be By Myself
  4. Cubby Huby Duncan
  5. Peace In Your Mind
  6. Too Experience
  7. Sweet Love
  8. Gravey Girl
  9. It's Impossible
  10. Keep It In The Groove
  11. Some Friends
  12. Heavenly Father
  13. It's Heavy
  14. Reggae Land feat. Tony Rebel (Remix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3
Keith 'Bob Andy' Anderson is an important name in reggae's history. Starting roughly from the days with the Paragons, through the time with Marcia Griffiths and finally his solo career. As a singer, but even more as a songwriter he has provided enough artists with his lyrics and classic riddims. Recently he was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for his contribution to the development of reggae music. For more info about this foundation artist check out his website www.bobandy.com.

Occasionally Bob Andy puts out some music. Last year he released a combination with Luciano entitled "Create Our History", and also the hit "Almighty Dolla". His latest album, produced by Danny Breakenridge and himself, consists of a collection of mostly self-penned tunes, some of which created their own history for long. Don't expect heavy roots here, it's a kind of crossover music, probably recorded during the past 15 years or so. The recordings took place at several recording studios in the US. I don't know if the new style of songs will hit you, but let me give you my impression

The album opens with a light, nice-up, easy song, while the guitar gives it a little country-style. The title track has a nice horns intro, and is a nice uptempo tune. Be By Myself is a fine piece of Lovers Rock, like an easy, lazy wave as he sings about being sorry to end a relation. The uptempo song Cubby Hubby Duncan tells us about living in poverty, homeless out on the street and features even some toasting/rap from sir Andy himself. Peace In Your Mind is in a different style, a catchy melody and some nice lyrics. Sweet Love is a jazzy ballad tune, not a strong tune, with little scat from Bob and once more about "where would one be without a heart, be without love?" Gravey Girl, recorded in the HCF studios of Philip Smart reminds me of the pop song "The Girl Is Mine" from the duo Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. Next comes the famous It's Impossible, not the best version I've heard of this wonderful song. Keep It In The Groove licks the "Queen Majesty" riddim, but Computer Paul's backing sounds like a kind of demo track... too bad! Some Friends is a weak relick of a true classic Bob Andy tune ("Who To Trust"), while It's Heavy sounds like funkrock, kinda groovy, but fails to make any impression. The album closes with Reggae Land, but inna remixed style as Tony Rebel joins Bob.

Overall it's a disappointing set, but Bob Andy's vocal delivery stays fascinating, no matter what kind of backing or production style.