Reggae Music Lives
Dada Son Entertainment
May 15, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
After the U.S. release of their disappointing debut album "Miracles", Morgan Heritage entered the reggae arena in 1997 with the highly acclaimed, Bobby Digital produced, "Protect Us Jah" album, soon followed by the matching "One Calling" for King Jammy. In the following years the group, consisting of four sons and one daughter of veteran Denroy Morgan, not only took its place among the cream of the crop of what reggae had to offer.
In 2008, after the release of their 8th studio album called "Mission In Progress", the group was put on hold as several members, including Memo "Mr. Mojo" Morgan, Peetah Morgan and Roy "Gramps" Morgan, started working on solo projects. However, Gramps Morgan was the only one who managed to equal to success of the group with the release of his album "Two Sides Of My Heart Vol. 1" in 2009, which earned him numerous nominations.
And now, three years after his successful debut album, Gramps Morgan comes up with his sophomore album entitled "Reggae Music Lives" (and not as one might have expected "Two Sides Of My Heart Vol. 2"). Vocally, musically and technically this collection of tunes impresses even more than its predecessor due to the growth of Gramps Morgan as producer, songwriter and vocalist. Listening to the various tracks on this album it's obvious that he has become a distinctive vocalist with a powerful yet soft soulful voice.
Of course, it's the sound of reggae, as the title unmistakably expresses, that is omnipresent on this album, but "Reggae Music Lives" is more than reggae. It's world music, with a little bit of country, a taste of toasting, a hint of r'n'b, and a dash of blues. Despite the use of these influences and accents, responsible for the diversity of Gramps Morgan's second album, the entire set remains completely convincing.
Some of the good ones on this cd have already reached the massive like its first single "The Almighty", which topped several charts, "Darling It's You", and "Life To Short", released earlier on, advanced in the fight for justice in the case of 17 year old Trayvon Martin recently killed in South Florida. But there's much more to enjoy like for example "I Hear You Calling" with its African vibe, the wonderful love songs "Find Myself Thinking" and "I Know It's Love", the great "Part Time Soldiers", and the Clive Hunt produced title track "Reggae Music Lives", an unapologetic declaration of the state of reggae music.
With the recently released single "The Return" and a planned tour in the summer of 2012, Morgan Heritage has been reactivated, but hopefully Gramps Morgan will still be able to work on his own projects, because his two solo albums have shown it's truly worthwhile.