David Kirton

Track list
  1. Stranger
  2. Reggae city
  3. Bridgetown burnin'
  4. Farmer
  5. Rasta meditation
  6. Stand up
  7. Cool breezin'
  8. Home for the holiday
  9. Culture fusion
  10. Show me your lovin'
  11. Thanks and praise
  12. Bubblin'
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3
'Stranger", the debut set of David Kirton, really blew me away ! This man, David Kirton, has really potential to make it big, either as a reggae artist, a jazz singer or as a soul singer."Stranger' showcases the skills of a multi-talented artist with such a smooth and relaxed vocal delivery , I almost got frustrated at the time the cd had finished playing.
He recorded his first album of original material at Slam City Studios, Barbados and went to Jamaica and Grafton Studios. Mikey Bennett had heard the songs while in Barbados and wanted to arrange the backing vocals. His cooperation gives the album a Jamaican seal of approval.
The sound is very sophisticated and yet transparent, delivered through excellent musicianship and finely crafted songs. It would be unfair to label the album as a forward reggae set, because the albums contains excellent soul influenced tracks such as 'Show Me Your Lovin' (complete with a rap), 'Culture Fusion', 'Home For The Holiday' and 'Stranger", whilst a few tracks possess a pleasant jazzy touch. 'Bridgetown Burnin' features a nice rock guitar in the background, that suits the song very well.
The backing could have done with less keyboard strings, and the addition of horns would have made the album even better.
'Stranger' is not a hard core roots album, using the well known Jamaican riddims, but a fresh, relaxed set of wonderful songs, many of them with more than enough crossover potential.
To deliver such a strong debut album has one drawback; it will be quite difficult to deliver a stronger successor.