Album review
Don Ricardo
Charm-Jet Star
March 29, 2004

Tracking list

  1. So In Love With You
  2. Used To Be My Girl featuring Juxy Demus
  3. Carry On
  4. 9 O'Clock
  5. Bet You Don’t Know
  6. Only Your Love
  7. How Can I
  8. On Your Mind
  9. First To Know
  10. Love Is The Staff Of Life
  11. She's Having Your Baby
  12. Wutless Bwoy
  13. Don't Call My Name!
  14. Patience
  15. Wherever U R, There U R
  16. Daily Nightmare
  17. Only Your Love featuring Savana (Bonus track)
Rating : 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".
The road is littered with reggae singers who have rushed into releasing their debut album. That the run-up to "Introducing" has been gradual and measured is a testament to Don Ricardo's dignity and style. Truly a star in the making.

Teacher & Mr. T.