Album review
Facing The Millenium
Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor
Hit City Records
08 - 05 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Poor Man
  2. Dreams
  3. Blues Is Reggae
  4. Mama Africa
  5. Irie Tones
  6. Praising Jah
  7. Mystic Lady
  8. Family
  9. Lend A Hand
  10. Sound In The Sea
  11. Throw Down Tonight
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor began in 1989 with Henry Turner Jr. and Rhadd Hunt. Their first thought was to create a sound that could be appreciated by a large number of people and musical markets. What they arrived at was a completely different kind of sound. Reggae, funk, blues, gospel, world music, and zydeco influences were tossed into the pot and seasoned with the spices of the group's native Louisiana. Henry's influence on the band comes somewhat from his early musical influences such as Blues and Jazz greats B.B. King and George Benson which allowed him to bring forth a unique perspective to the realm of reggae.
The album 'Facing The Millennium' is the 1999 follow-up to their debut set 'Will Work For Food And Money'. The songs Poor Man, Dreams and The Sound In The Sea are also featured in the sound-track of the movie Gutter Punks, which focuses on street kids in New Orleans. The songs found here feature original and thoughtful lyrics in conscious style and combined with the music, which, much like the gumbo of their home state of Louisiana, is a blend of numerous styles and riddims from reggae to blues, funk to gospel and zydeco to pop, results in an interesting type of reggae music that deserves to be heard by the reggae massive.
One of the songs which stands out is Blues Is Reggae, which delivers a soulful, bluesy groove reminiscent of the Staple Singers and seeks to find the connection between reggae music and blues. Other interesting tunes on 'Facing The Millennium' include the soukous/funk drive of Mama Africa, the silky sweet soulful harmonies of Praising Jah, and the crowd-pleasing Family, which pays tribute to the most enduring ties in our lives. Poor Man is a rasta gospel song, whilst Dreams is an exceptional strong track with funky grooves and a pounding reggae beat.
'Facing The Millenium' is an album worthwhile checking out.

Teacher & Mr. T.