March 29, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
In the past few years UK based roots and lovers rock singer extraordinaire Don Ricardo attracted notable attention with a series of fine hit singles, among them tunes such as the moving "She's Having Your Baby", "First To Know" and "How Can I". Besides being a fine singer he's also a gifted songwriter who occasionally writes for other artists. Do you know, for example, that he co-wrote the girl group FYA’s hit song "It Must Be Love"? All these successful musical activities make that Don Ricardo has been tipped to become the next British reggae superstar for years, and not just by British black music representatives but also by his own peers. It was only a matter of time - and he really took time - before he would treat the massive to a full length album to back up the success of his singles. And here it is..."Introducing", actually a modest title for his first album and one which belies Don Ricardo's already fully-established standing in the reggae arena. All his best-loved hits to date are featured here as well as brand new tunes and two Beres Hammond-produced tracks in the shape of "Bet You Don't Know" and the wonderful "Love Is the Staff Of Life". Many fine quality songs are featured on "Introducing" including entertaining tracks such as "So In Love With You", "Only Your Love", "How Can I", the "Zion Gate" cut "On Your Mind", the aforementioned "She's Having Your Baby", "Patience", and the message tune "Daily Nightmare".