Album review
Singing Melody
VP Records - Walboomers Music
06 - 10 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Interlude (About Love) / Darling
  2. I Wanna Know
  3. Bless It Again
  4. Say What
  5. Lived My Life feat. Beres Hammond & Tony Rebel
  6. I Do Believe
  7. Interlude (About The Music) / All About You
  8. Are You Home feat. Robyn
  9. Girlfriend feat. Frisco Kid
  10. Lonely Is The Heart
  11. Rescue Me
  12. For You (With A Melody Too)
  13. Get Up And Dance
  14. Work It Out feat. Lukie D, Thriller U & Tony Curtis
  15. I Never Know
  16. Be On The Alert
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Everton Hardware a.k.a. Singing Melody is no newcomer in reggae business as he has been active for some fifteen years by now. His early musical influences came from artists like Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Anita Baker. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Singing Melody got his first real break, when he recorded his first song "Tie Me" for King Tubby in 1987. He recorded three more songs with Tubbs and then went on to work with such renowned producers as Bobby Digital and King Jammy. Singing Melody has used his blend of reggae and R&B styles to record music that will fit the context of the Dancehall in Jamaica, as well as please his fans around the world.
"Expressions" is the brand new album from this popular dancehall singer which features some great musical arrangements, outstanding vocal harmonies and a variety of well crafted original songs. But above all it fully showcases Singing Melody's dynamic and emotive vocal style. Most of the songs featured here deal with matters of the heart, although Singing Melody proves that he's equally at home with reality themes as expressed through "Bless It Again", "I Do Believe" and Be On The Alert". Furthermore this album features Singing Melody's new single "Lived My Life" with special guest voices of Beres Hammond and Tony Rebel. An excellent track with a mid-tempo "foundation" reggae riddim and multiple vocal hooks, one of those tunes one can hear over and over again. Other guest appearances are Frisco Kid on "Girl Friend" on the hard-hitting "Candle Wax" riddim, up-and-coming vocalist Robyn on the teen-pop oriented "Are You Home" and fellow L.U.S.T. members Lukie D, Thriller U & Tony Curtis on "Work It Out". Highlights are the already mentioned "Bless It Again" and "Lived My Life" alongside "Say What", "All About You", "Get Up And Dance" and "I Never Know". Production credits on the album mainly go to Lynford "Fatta" Marshall and Colin 'Bulby' York of "Fat Eyes" with further contributions from Bobby Digital, Firehouse Crew, Yogie & Brah Yhan and Morgan Heritage & Denroy Morgan.

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