VP Records - Groove Attack/Walboomers Music
August 24, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
After his successful and critically
acclaimed debut album "Infiltrate", Jeffrey Campbell, known in the
dancehalls worldwide as Assassin a.k.a. Agent
006 is back with his sophomore album "Gully Sit'n", that grabs you right
from the start of the countdown "Intro" leading into the title
track "Gully Sit'n", a tune that is not lamenting on the hardships
of ghetto life, but more of a celebration of the ghetto lifestyle,
followed by the warning that he is a true "Badman" over a harsh
riddim and another very impressive warning "Don't Make Me Hold You"
over Donovan 'Vendetta'
Bennett's 'Artillery'-riddim that sounds like it name makes you
suspect. A funny "Skit 1" is followed by the great "We Love The
Girls" over Stephen McGregor's 'Tremor' and
"Anywhere We Go" over Dave Kelly's massive 'Eighty
Christopher 'Longman' Birch' 'Stage Time' must be one of the best jump-up riddims recently released and Assassin's very powerful delivered and mixed "No Boring Gal" is a great tune across it, before the one tune with (no more than a remote) R&B-ish influences "Wanna Love You Baby" with Tash' sweet vocals still maintains the hardcore dancehall vibe and Steven 'Lenky' Marsden's completely over the top (but very entertaining) 'Swazzi'-riddim with its French accordeon backing the very nice "Girls Alone We Want" is followed by the soca-ish and over-synthesized "Rail Up" and the great flow of Assassin in "Dem Pop Down".
In "Don't Dis The Man" over Danny Champagne's very sparse stripped down 'V.I.P.'-riddim with its humongous bassline Assassin's (almost in a laid back flow delivered) lyrics completely rule the great tune, before Dave Kelly's second monster riddim 'Stage Show', sounding like a slowed down version of Dave Kelly's own 'Joyride' with steel pan backing is backing the scorcher "Good Over Evil" and then it's time for the moving tribute to his mother "The Pain (Interlude)" and the excellent "Money Haffi Make" on which Assassin at times almost sounds like Buju. The "Sissy Skit" in true hype dancehall MC style is followed by the very explicit "Dem A Sissy" and "Gun Bag" both very impressive tunes, before the album is brought to a close with the very angry "Beep Out", one of the best tunes on this very strong sophomore album by Assassin. It might overall not be as impressive as VP Records' other recent hardcore dancehall release, Mavado's "Gangsta For Life", but it still is one of the better dancehall artist albums released so far this year.