Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Da Real Thing
Sizzla
VP Records-Walboomers Music
CD
27-12-2002

Track list
  1. Mash Dem Down
  2. Simplicity
  3. Solid As A Rock
  4. Rejoice
  5. Thank U Mamma
  6. Woman I Need You
  7. Bless Up
  8. Why Should I ?
  9. Got It Right Here
  10. Just One Of Those Days
  11. Trod Mt. Zion
  12. It's Amazing
  13. She's Loving
  14. Boom & Go Through
  15. Touch Me feat. Rochelle
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Since the release of his debut set "Burning Up" in 1996, Sizzla has been high prolific. Up until now countless singles have flood the reggae market and when it comes to his albums (over sixteen by now) one can certainly recall that two or even three releases were released within a couple of months. Thus it is justified to state that Kalonji, as he is also known, has over-recorded and had product over-released, which made that he not only saturated the reggae market, but also more often disappointed his devoted fans as he simply couldn't maintain the high quality standard of the works he delivered in the first years of his emergence. However, don't despair. Although "Da Real Thing" is already the third album from Sizzla this year, following on from Greensleeves' "Ghetto Revolution" and Reggae Central's "Hosanna", this brand new set can be hailed as a serious return to form. In the last two years or so, Sizzla's more notable hits have been 'gal tunes' as he more and more turned to a deejay style of hardcore toasting over hype street beats.
On "Da Real Thing" he returns to his melodic beginnings, performing in the style that originally built his reputation and fan base. For this album Sizzla hooked up with Bobby "Digital" Dixon, the producer with whom he recorded two of his best albums, the phenomenal "Black Woman & Child" and "Good Ways". Just like on his previous two albums with Sizzla, Bobby Digital has managed to create an accessible sound for such a fundamentalist like Sizzla, thus surely making it easier for him to reach a wider audience. This legendary producer has provided a brace of rub a dub do-overs of classic Studio One riddims and similar for the young firebrand to spread his righteous messages of black upliftment and fireburning truth. Tracks like "Simplicity", "Solid As A Rock", "Rejoice", "Woman I Need You", "Why Should I ?", "Got It Right Here", "Just One Of Those Days" and "It's Amazing" are coming like the Sizzla of old, no bad experience we would say. Probably the most striking track on this album is the wonderful "Thank You Mama". It fully demonstrates a return to Sizzla's earlier culture style, as opposed to his often criticized sexually explicit hardcore dancehall tunes.
"Da Real Thing" has everything a reggae fan, and Sizzla fan too, has been longing for. An inspired sounding artist, strong conscious lyrics, great harmonies, and impeccable riddims played by real musicians. The latter include Melbourne "Dusty" Miller, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Robbie Lyn, Ian "Beezy" Coleman, Dean Fraser, Paul "Wrong Move" Crossdale, Benjy Myaz, Dalton Browne, Chris Meredith and Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis to name a few.