Album review
Forever Shall Praise
Chukki Starr
Bakchich-Walboomers Music

Tracking list

  1. Forever Shall Praise
  2. Show Your Love
  3. Reggae Music Sweet featuring Don Campbell
  4. Praise The Creator
  5. One mind featuring Sattalite
  6. Want To Be Free
  7. Righteousness
  8. Da Flex
  9. Gal Dem Flava
  10. Skirt To Short
  11. Touch Me Heart
  12. How Me So Real
  13. Time To Go (Remix)
  14. Forever Shall Praise (Remix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

In 1998 London-based ever conscious singjay Chukki Starr attracted notable attention when he delivered his highly acclaimed debut album "Ghetto Youth's Livity", which was produced by Ariwa Sounds' Mad Professor. It lasted quite some time before Chukki's fans, and reggae devotees in general, could welcome the long awaited follow-up album. In association with the French record label 'Bakchich' Chukki Starr releases his second full length album, which actually contains mainly singles that appeared in the past years. With producers like Mafia & Fluxy, Trevor "Juggling" T, the Ruff Cut Crew, Jermaine Forde (son of Aswad's Brinsley), Major and Chukki Starr himself on board this "Forever Shall Praise" set fully lives up to expectations and even outmatches Chukki's debut set. Chukki Starr treats the listener to 14 enjoyable tunes on a fine selection of riddims, actually a mixture of fresh originals and decent do-overs of classic riddims like for example Bob Marley's "So Much Trouble In The World", Anthony Redrose's "Tempo", Horace Andy's "Skylarking" and Shinehead's "Billie Jean". The vibe ranges from contemporary roots & culture to dancehall music. Tracks like "Forever Shall Praise", "Praise The Creator", "Want To be Free" and the combination tune "One Mind" featuring the Garnett Silk-styled singer Sattalite are prime examples of modern roots deliveries one can listen to over and over again, while on the other hand "Da Flex", "Skirt To Short" and "How Me So Real" showcase that Chukki Starr is also able to deliver a decent dancehall tune.
This solid "Forever Shall Praise" album is further proof of Chukki Starr's great potential as a songwriter and singjay and thus truly well worth checking out!

Teacher & Mr. T.