Basco Production / Elevation Records
CD / Digital Release
March 1, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Since 2013, Jamaican reggae singjay Colah Colah aka Network has released one album a year. The very one, entitled "Network & The Future", he shared with Turbulence, while the second album featured solely collaborations with other Jamaican artists including mostly internationally well-known artists such as Luciano, Fantan Mojah, Mikey General, Natty King, and Turbulence. And now the up-and-coming artist comes up with his third album, aptly titled "Unstoppable".
In fact Colah Colah's brand new collection of tunes is the very first album that primarly focusses on the artist himself, which is a good thing. And furthermore, in contrast with his previous albums, this 15-track set doesn't rely on a whole heap of revitalized classic riddims, heard by reggae fans far too many times. It makes "Unstoppable" a more mature and interesting effort, not only showcasing the real skills and talent of Colah Colah but also taking him to the next stage in his music career. It's obvious that he has grown since we heard his first album in 2013, not least due to having done more live performances including a promotional tour in Europe (i.e. Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany).
The album opens in a very strong way with the spiritual tune "I And My Imagination", a song delivered across an appealing fresh original backdrop with lyrics that keep you involved. As this is a standout effort, it's interesting to find out if the other fourteen tracks can match or even outmatch the album opener. Although at first hear not instantly fully appreciated, the collaboration with Natural Black called "Don't Care" (with the chorus sung in a style reminiscent of The Techniques Treasure Isle classic "You Don't Care"), turns out to be a matching effort after it has grown on you. "Togetherness", which is underpinned by a version of the Silvertones' "Smile" riddim (probably best known from Garnet Silk's 1993 hit "Hello Mama Africa"), brings a positive message and is a another highlight. Not as strong but definitely worth hearing more than once is "One Love" across a relaxing original backdrop. The roots piece "Red Red Red" is a solid effort, while the conscious message tune "Why" is a decent next track. However both tunes are outmatched by the great title track "Unstoppable". And from here it goes from strength to strength with first the reality tune "Pain & Sorrow" and then the sublime "Father Moses", done in collaboration with Luciano across Dennis Brown's "To The Foundation" riddim. Big tune!! Going through the remaining tracks it's in particular "Musical Dynamite" that makes a good impression.
Colah Colah's "Unstoppable" album shows the natural progression of the artist and is his best and most mature effort yet.