Here By Appointment
September 29 - 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Gregory Isaacs is one of the most popular reggae artists in the world. His languid vocals still embody romantic longing, heartaches and joys with more feeling than most other artists convey in a lifetime. The good news is that every subtle nuance of Gregory’s craft can be heard in full effect on this latest set, recorded at Jet Star's own Cave studios in London. "Here By Appointment" has already been hailed as the Cool Ruler’s best collection in years. Produced by Ruff Cutt's Tony Phillips, whose empathy with the singer was gleaned from backing him on countless gigs around Europe, as well as leading previous sessions for Ruff Cutt's own label, it stands as a fine example of Mr. Isaacs’ artistry, compared to some of his outing he put out in recent years. Whether hailing his New Lover on a cut of Jet Star's popular remake of Burning Spear's classic "Columbus" riddim or enveloped in sadness for Lost My Job and 1000 Times Gregory makes a more than decent impression. Miss Touch And Go takes us straight back to the rocksteady era with its bright horn phrases and catchy backbeat. Me No Know tells the story of a dance disturbed by gunmen whilst Latin influenced dancehall beats are heard on Egg Inna Di Red. Roots enthusiasts meanwhile can’t afford to overlook the excellent War & Poverty, which revives another famous Burning Spear riddim.