from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4/5|
ET Webster gets off a good one with his solid debut album for RUNNetherlands, containing 17 (!) tracks, recorded over the last two years for producer Barry O'Hare and tracks produced by Norman Grant (Songs of love) and Philip Rhone (Why Lord & Hail the king).|
It's a pleasant sounding album with mostly cultural themes, although as often happens a couple of the exceptions, 'You I love' and 'To love a stranger' are a couple of the best. The production and arrangements of Barry O'Hare encourage ET Webster to give his best vocal performance. The result shows him in fine form, taking the changes in reggae music in stride. Multi-talented producer Barry O'Hare provides on most tracks the backing, with help by the likes of Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson, Ian Beezy Coleman, Dello Collins and The Firehouse Crew.
Featured on 'Freedom Fighter' are cuts on the popular "Undying love' riddim (Wine of violence), Bob Marley's 'Heathen' riddim (Battering down), Jackie Mitto's 'Drum Song' riddim (Give praise), the 'Satta' riddim (Your bond), and the 'General' riddim in "To love a stranger".
ET Webster has delivered an above average album, with thoughtful lyrics, sweet melodies, and plain old good singing.