Album review
Forces Of Nature
Capleton & Sizzla
Brickwall-Walboomers Music
26 - 04 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Intro
  2. Capleton - Caan Tan Ya
  3. Capleton - Strength
  4. Intro
  5. Sizzla - Beautiful World
  6. Sizzla - Love Is Always There
  7. Sizzla - False Picture
  8. Intro
  9. Capleton - Run The Place
  10. Capleton - Raggy Road
  11. Capleton - Twist And Turn
  12. Intro
  13. Sizzla - Do Good Every Time
  14. Sizzla - Judgement
  15. Sizzla - Stay Alert
  16. Sizzla - Black Woman & Child (Live)
  17. Sizzla & Capleton - One Two (Live)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The Brickwall release "Forces of Nature" brings together Capleton and Sizzla - both renown fire blazers - and features many tracks previously available as 7" singles from various production sources including Leroy "Sugar Roy" Moore, Alberto Blackwood, C. Hamilton & Dean Fraser, Bobby Digital, Clive Kennedy and D. McMurray. In the second half of the nineties Sizzla established his name as one of the hottest deejays in circulation. He made his big breakthrough when the Xterminator produced "Praise Ye Jah" set hit the streets in 1996 and from then his output became extremely prolific. However, the most amazing part was that there was no discernible let up in the potency of his lyrics or his delivery for years. But with such a prolific output the quality just had to slip, and indeed, sometimes it did, as could be witnessed over the past three years. During this period Capleton firmly established his place in the forefront of reggae dancehall as he delivered many top calibre 45s for a variety of producers. It not only brought Capleton at the peak of his career so far but it also made him the hottest and most amazing Jamaican artist at the moment.
It's Capleton whose solid "Caan Tan Yah" over the catchy, Leroy Moore produced "Wanga" riddim starts the thunderball rolling. "Strength" drops next, an excellent effort across a revitalized version of the Heptones' "Pretty Looks Isn't All" riddim. After the intro interlude it's Sizzla's who takes over proceedings for his first round. "Beautiful World" is a nice tune, but fails to make a strong impression in contrast to the wicked "Love Is Always There" which is truly well worth hearing. The superb "False Picture" over an entertaining version of Junior Byles "Fade Away" riddim is one of the standouts included on this album. Next round sees Capleton in deadly form. Three killer tunes in a row with each tune carrying a different vibe. "Run The Place" over the "Mr. Bassie" riddim is a hits real hard, while the anthemic "Raggy Road" over the "Satta" riddim is pure roots & culture. <>"Twist & Turn" over a hurried, fast-paced riddim leaves a very good impression and is a true dancehall scorcher. Last round for Sizzla sees him returning in good shape delivering some above par efforts with "Judgement" being the best out of three. Live versions of both "Black Woman & Child" and the combination tune "One Two" round off a nice collection of two of reggae dancehall's most exciting cultural artists in the business today.

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