Forever Yours
Carl St Clair
Kal-A-Bash Records
March 2, 2006

Track list
  1. Suspicious
  2. Why?
  3. Guilty For Loving You
  4. Together We Are Beautiful
  5. Buy Me A Rose
  6. Be My Baby
  7. You're Nice
  8. It Must Be You
  9. Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
  10. Lady Soul (Hip Hop Mix)
  11. All My Life
  12. Shy
  13. These Are The Times
  14. I Pretend
  15. Unity Is Love
  16. Nikita
  17. You Can Do It
  18. I Do Love You
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 2
At the age of 18 Carl St Clair, born in Kingston Jamaica, hooked up with other young talent and formed the Four Aces. The were approached by the late Lesley Kong and they became Dessmond Dekker & The Four Aces. They had several hits in Jamaica, but two of the members left the group, so the group ended up with two, Carl and Barry. The latter went to America and Carl to the UK. The big break came when Pyramid Records picked out the song "The Israelites" from an album they had previously recorded, and released it as a single. "The Israelites" became a worldwide hit and Desmond Dekker & The Aces were launched. The group split in the late 1970s, but Carl St Clair continued his musical career, occassionally releasing singles and albums. "Forever Yours" is the veteran singer's latest full length album, which has been released on his own Kal-A-Bash Records. With this fine collection of tunes Carl St Clair fully displays his experience and skill as he delivers an album that will surely please the fans of so-called "Big People's Music". Backed by some of the finest musicians to be found in the UK, including Mafia & Fluxy, Bigga Morrison, Black Steel, Winston Rose, Drummie Zeb and the late Victor Cross, this is a Lovers rock album which benefits from the rich vocal delivery of Carl St Clair and the expertly laid crisp and clear riddim tracks. Apart from a few weak tunes like for example "Lady Soul (Hip Hop Mix), "These Are The Times" and the cover version of Elton John's "Nikita", this is an enjoyable set. Highpoints are "Suspicious", "Why", "Guilty For Loving You", "You're Nice" and the single "Buy Me A Rose".