Album review
Four Music - Bushhouse Music/Sony
May 10, 2005

Tracking list

  1. Intoxication
  2. Wicked Thoughts
  3. Struggle & Faith feat. Chrisinti
  4. Gentleman 2300 Meter Über Dem Meer - CD Extra 45 minutes Concert-Documentary
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

"Superior", over the Pow Pow riddim that it gave its name, was the first single drawn from Gentleman's album "Confidence", and it still is one of the best of the almost 20 excellent tunes Pow Pow Movements' Ingo Rheinbay released on the superb 'Superior'-riddim. Now its successor is the even more astonishing "Intoxication" of a certain kind / i will admit that you suit my mind / pulpitation of another kind / don't fast forward baby / just rewind lovers tune over dancehall Don (Corleon) Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett's superb 'Drop Leaf'-riddim, the slow-paced shuffle that marries Nyabinghi drum patterns with a Spanish-sounding guitar lick to create a soothing, gently swaying concoction: my Number One roots riddim of 2004. It's followed by Gentleman's take on 'The Truth', a one-drop riddim, that Mamadee rides on the "Lass Los" Maxi-CD for her wonderful "Hör Nicht Auf" Don't Stop, built by Kingstone's Lazy Youth as successor to their successful 'Señorita'-riddim (that was also used for one of the versions of Gentleman's combination popchart-buster with Mustafa Sandal "Isyankar" now storming the German Reggae Charts), and that was released late February with versions by T.O.K., Voicemail, Lutan Fyah, Mr.Easy, Jack Radics, Chico, Geoffry Star & Pampi Judah, Bruce Barron & Shocking Murray, Danny English & Terry-Lynn, Tolga, Phenomden and Gentleman delivering this strong conscious tune "Wicked Thoughts" over it. The third and last straight audio tune on this Maxi-CD "Struggle & Faith" pairing Gentleman with Chrisinti over Albert Richards' Imperial's end of 2004 released 'Issa Char'-nyahbinghi-riddim is a phenomenal pure roots tune with both Gentleman and Chrisinti in fine form. Three excellent tunes, of which two are not on "Confidence", and to top this, Elmar Sommer and Manuel Unger's 45 minutes concert-documentary is included (as broadcasted on February 27th this year on German TV's WDR-Rockpalast) "Gentleman 2300 Meter Über Dem Meer", shot around his concert (not included unfortunately) on December 14th in Val Thorens, France, as part of the Boarderweek. No subtitles however, so you need to understand German to appreciate this fully, but even if you don't it's worth having, if it weren't already for the three great tunes every roots enthusiast MUST own.


/ Souljah Green Beret Productions