Dangerzone Production / Sobe Entertainment
December 23, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Here it is, the third version of CÚCile's debut album. Released September 2007
as "Bad Gyal" but with a different (also only 15 tunes) tracklist exclusively in
Japan on Avex Records, then Cologne based German soundsystem and label Kingstone in collaboration with the
Danger Zone camp - to which CÚCile these days belongs - put out the excellent "Bad Gyal" album. And a different
version of the album called "Waiting" has now been released by CÚCile's own base, Delmar
'Della' Drummond's Dangerzone a.k.a. Danger Zone Camp in
association with SoBe Entertainment. Opening it is her great
combination "So Fly" alongside Beenie Man that is truly amongst their best in
the series of more than solid combinations they did together followed by the sexy
"Worth It" across an infectious riddim by Kirk Bennett a.k.a. Kirkledove, "Hot Like We", the
scorcher produced by the South Rakkas Crew, across one of their first
riddims 'Red Alert' and the very nice
"I'm Waiting RMX" featuring Shaggy transforming the one drop 'Jam Down'-riddim
into a very fine bouncing dancehall backing.|
Next up are CÚCile's very strong "Ride Or Die" across Danger Zone's latest one drop 'Journey' and the completely new old-school lovers vibes of the wonderful 'Kirkledove' Bennett produced "No Disturb Sign" (not the Beres Hammond tune), before CÚCile warns men that if they aren't doing it right she will be "Only Faking" over South Rakkas Crew's 'Chinkuzi'-riddim and delivers her big hittune for her "Goody" across the 'Wipe Out'-riddim, built on a guitar riff from the Surfaris' 1962 hit, relicked here by Daseca's Harrisingh brothers together with Craig 'Serani' Marsh for CÚCile's own Danger Zone production of the tune. On "Hot Like That" across LeftSide & Esco's brilliant retro-riddim 'Throwback Giggy' from 2005, CÚCile is copping Little Lenny's "Gun Inna Baggy" flow brilliantly and US female rapster Trina is adding (an unnecessary) verse and then she teams up with dancer turned DJ Ding Dong for the straightforward dance tune with its self-explanatory title "Dance" for Baby G's Yard Vybz Entertainment.
Upcoming Portmore producer Dale 'Dr. Dizzle' lend CÚCile a hand with her productions of the beautiful lovers plea "Don't Go" followed by the together produced "Kinda Lovin" and both are magnificent one-drop singing tunes showcasing that side of CÚCile perfectly. Back to (strings driven) dancehall with a very high cross-over appeal is where the next tune "Burning Up" produced by 'Supacoop' Arif Cooper takes us, before she closes the album with her warning "Talk Talk" to the ladies not to brag too much about how good their man is in bed over Reggae Republic's cheap eurodance trance inspired but highly infectious 'Inevitable'-riddim produced by long time CÚcile associate Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell alongside Peter Harrison and the wonderful original version of "I'm Waiting" over Danger Zone's 'Jam Down'-riddim (unfortunately her great tune "Jamdown" giving the riddim its name wasn't included on VP Records' Riddim Driven album nor on any of her three 2008 albums ...).
This is in fact of course instead of a (third version of a) normal debut album much more of a third greatest hits album with a couple of new tunes on it, but since CÚCile has been scoring her fair amount of hits, that is no problem at all although it is a bit of a drawback that some of the tunes are more than a couple of years old and are featured on all three albums, but nevertheless this is another album showing that CÚCile is a truly great female singjay and songstress and hopefully finally getting her the attention she deserves as a roots and dancehall artiste.