Germain Records/VP Records
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
At the tender age of 21 Mark Myrie - better known as Buju Banton - delivered his inspirational masterpiece, the highly acclaimed "'Til Shiloh", the follow up to his debut album "Stamina Daddy" and his sophomore "Voice Of
Jamaica". Part of Buju Banton's winning formula is his ability to combine the spirit of Bob Marley's legacy with the heart and soul of dancehall music. This essential fusion enables Buju's sound to cut across many cultural and social lines, conscious and spiritual minds as well as the hardcore dancehall crowd. Another element of this winning formula is the instantly recognisable and top-notch production work of Donovan Germain of Penthouse/ Germain Records.
All tracks on this new Buju Banton album are produced by Donovan Germain with the exception of two by Sly & Robbie. The "Inna Heights" album marks the long awaited and eagerly anticipated return of a master in session. It's certainly not easy to match or even outclass "'Til Shiloh", however Buju Banton delivers a solid effort.
The album contains some wicked reggae riddims dominated by the heavy rolling bass line, trademark of the Penthouse production work. On "'Til Shiloh" Buju was stretching his style and he continues to do so on this one. Of course he's still toasting, but it's often done so melodically that it is easy to forget. Buju's teaming up with unexpected reggae vets King Stitt (the first monarch crowned king of DJs) and Toots "Maytal" Hibbert catches the eye, however, the best combination cuts are done with Beres Hammond and Red Rat. Almost every song on this album is good but two that must be mentioned are "Hills and valleys" and "Destiny", on which Buju actually sings!
Next to music the album contains spoken words. In the segments labelled "Inter lingua" Buju Banton delivers his personal thoughts and insights on different subjects.
With "Inna Heights" Buju Banton once again shows that he's able to step forward with a mature and expanded vision radiating flash and energy with fresh perspective.