Another Intensity
Four Music-Sony BMG
August 24, 2007

Track list
  1. Evolution
  2. Tranquility
  3. Lack Of Love feat. Sizzla
  4. Different Places
  5. Round The World
  6. Serenity
  7. Soulfood
  8. Celebration feat. Alborosie
  9. Mount Zion
  10. The Light Within feat. Diana King
  11. In Pursuit Of Happiness
  12. Rage & Anger
  13. Respond To Yourself
  14. Missing Those Days
  15. Hosanna
  16. Jah Love feat. Jack Radics & Daddy Rings
  17. Sin City
    Hidden Bonus Track after 4:56
  18. Tranquility (Reprise)
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As successor of his very successful (platinum reaching) 3rd album "Confidence" Gentleman treats us to the album "Another Intensity". An album that has taken a lot of time and troubles for Gentleman, as his newly gained mainstream superstar status wasn't just a blessing, but led to a burn-out and writers-block as well, causing the original plan to record a full dancehall album to be dismissed but in the end resulting in this more than satisfying roots album showing that Gentleman is back on track. Opening with "Evolution", a strong tune thematically and musically in line with the tunes on predecessor "Confidence", self-produced for his Bushhouse Music, backed by the core of the Far East Band - that in full comprises Johanna Järemo on sax, André Heyer on bass, Marco Baresi on drums, Pete Fisher on guitar, Andreas Wendland on guitar, Peter Hirsch on keys, Steffen Zimmer on trumpet and Rob Gutowski on trombone - and with angelic (by Dean Fraser arranged) harmony vocals by Jamaica's Daffodils, the first sign of adding a more personal touch to the lyrics of his tunes can be found on the next tune "Tranquility" that was recorded with the same backing and production as the opening track.

The monstruous conscious combination "Lack Of Love" with Sizzla has already drawn some bad press for Gentleman because of him working together with a 'gay basher', but this is a big big tune, backed by the Firehouse Crew, with his wife Tamika contributing the backing vocals, that deserves to be judged on its musical values, and that is followed by the tune that was released as first single taken from this album, the great "Different Places" over AL.TA.FA.AN's 'Senior'-riddim. A typical rootsy Anthony 'Senior' production, with Gentleman in very fine form over the live instrumentation telling us it's not about class, colour or races, lets get around and see different places, put a smile on those distant faces, wipe away your sorrow without traces and Gentleman Gentleman returning to his early singjay-style in the great "Round The World" with his smooth sung (aided by the Daffodils) chorus.

Delano Thomas of Renaissance Sound produced and together with Black Chiney built the smooth riddim for the upful "Serenity", followed by the first of several tunes on this album produced (and often backed also) by the in Germany living Iranian Ben 'Benni Blanco' Bazzazzian, who produced Kingstone's scorching 2004 'Señorita' riddim and wonderful downtempo mixes for Gentleman backing vocalist Mamadee's "Lass Los" and the "Different Places (Blanko RMX)" that was on the "Different Places (EP)", the wonderful "Soulfood" that is as downtempo as it gets to be still called reggae. After "Nah Leave It Up Dem (Mafia)" on the "Different Places EP", "Celebration" is another great tune over a riddim that was at Jamaica's Gee Jam recorded and produced by rising Italian reggae star Alborosie, this time also played by him with Dean Fraser on sax and Nikki Burt's strong backing vocals, before the second Benni Blanco production "Mount Zion" shows how beautiful these downtempo soulful backings can match with Gentleman's great lyrics and vocals. The surprise combination on this album is the beautiful poppy "The Light Within" with reggae pop songbird Diana King that really has become a wonderful tune, thanks also to Richie Stephens' production and Danny Browne's backing.

More great tunes follow, like the Andrew 'Pedro' Hamilton produced and by the Fire House Crew backed "In Pursuit Of Happiness", the self produced and Far East band backed heartfelt "Rage & Anger" and the great soulful-rootsy Ingo Rheinbay production for his Pow Pow Productions "Respond To Yourself". Benni Blanco provides the backing and production for the smashing piano-ballad "Missing Those Days", before Silly Walks Movement produce one of the best tunes on this album (though "Soulfood", "Lack Of Love", "Different Places" and "Jah Love" have that level too), the absolutely magnificent "Hosanna" with its superb dubby backing by the Shashamane Band. The two last tunes on this album are the wonderful combination "Jah Love" alongside Jack Radics & Daddy Rings and the very solid "Sin City", both produced by the legendary Bobby 'Digital' Dixon and backed by the Fire House Crew. A great way to end this great album, that is miraculously good if taken into consideration the hardshapes that Gentleman had to conquer before recording and releasing it, if it were the end, but very nicely as hidden bonus track a "Tranquility (Reprise)" has been included to end this must own album by one of Europe's biggest reggae stars.