On My mind
VP Records-Groove Attack
CD / LP
April 20, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
VP Records is about to release Da'Ville's successor to his "In Heaven"
the great debut that was released on his own Jamaican based NAP Music.
Da'Ville's recording career began at the age of 16 when he wrote and
recorded his first single under the influence of his father, 70s deejay
and producer Jah Thomas. Prior to that, the Jamaican born native Orville
Thomas had been using his natural talent singing at the St. Peter's Clever
Church choir and performing at local school functions. After teaming up
with former group members of the reggae dancehall boys group ARP (A Raw
Perspective) and creating quite a buzz for themselves within the Jamaican
reggae arena, Da'Ville decided it was time to go solo in 2001. He then
signed with Penthouse Records under the management of Donovan Germain for
whom he recorded hit singles such as "Love Will Show Me The Way",
"Cruzin", "My Ego", and "All My Life", the latter with then label mate,
Marcia Griffiths. Since leaving Penthouse Records, Da'Ville has continued
to record hit songs including "Gallis", "This Is The Feeling", "Banana",
"The One For Me", "Hey Baby", "In Heaven" and the hit single "Can't Get
Over You" on the Fashozy Records label.|
Fashozy Records now produces this 'Big Bad Singer' for what can be considered his sophomore album, opening with the smash hit single (and much acclaimed love tune) title track You're Always "On My Mind" followed by the equally smooth hit tune "Can't Get Over You" and the older - and also on "In Heaven" featured - still beautiful duet "All My Life" with his then labelmate, the legendary Marcia Griffiths.
"I'm In Love With You" is a perfect example of the beautiful voice of Da'Ville being used to full effect for lovers lyrics ballad style over a fine reggae riddim, making his lyrics sincerely heartfelt, followed by "And So I Will Wait For You", a piano/acoustic ballad in a bit more R&B-ish style that will have everyone with a lighter put it up immediately and "This Time I Promise", another hit destined brilliant lovers (gone wrong) tune.
"Give Thanks For What You've Got" is superb reality tune, pointing out how lucky everyone without worries what to eat and where to sleep is, before "My Grade" is one of the (unfortunately) very few dancehall oriented tunes on this album, Da'Ville's (also already on "In Heaven" appearing) outstanding ganja tune "My Grade" in Waterhouse style, over Frenchie's relick of Taxi's 1983 Ini Kamoze 'World A Music'-riddim (of course also known in its Jammys version backing Junior Reid's "Boom Shack A Lack" and Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley's "Welcome To Jamrock"), although the backing of "Give It Up For My Baby" can't be denied being laid over a very catchy groove as well.
"Yesterday" is a very well sung ballad about being sorry to have broken his girl's heart that has more than its fair share of crossover mainstream potential in my opinion, followed by Da'Ville's great take on Dennis Brown's magnificent "Have You Ever" (across the riddim of which he produced a great selection of tunes for Fashozy) and the excellent "My Heart" Is Crying For You across the Cables' 1968 Studio One scorcher 'What Kind Of World' and irresistable "Dancehall Lovers Rock" together with the Spanish version "On My Mind (Spanish Mix") round off this great album by a truly sensational singer. Although I would have loved to see a couple more dancehall and foundation tunes on this album, you can not afford to miss out on this Da'Ville album.