June 29, 2007

Sizzla - I-Space Track list
  1. Really And Truly
  2. Irresistable
  3. Long Live The Kings Of Kings
  4. Make Me Yours
  5. Chant Dem Down
  6. Show Some Love
  7. Talk About
  8. Stop All The Violence
  9. Only Jah Alone
  10. The Woman In My Life
  11. Jah Protect My Life
  12. Rock My World
  13. Be Careful
  14. Nothing But Love
  15. Put The Peoples Interest First
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
It was with his second and third album releases, "Praise Ye Jah" and "Black Woman & Child", that Miguel Collins -- better known as Sizzla -- really established his name as one of the hottest conscious deejays in circulation. From then on there was no stopping him. Within the next few years he released album after album (for Phillip "Fatis" Burrell's Xterminator label alone he released five albums within two years!!), and it was truly amazing to witness that the quality of all his work was very consistent.

However this could not last forever, and thus the sheer number of his albums eventually meant a brief drop in quality at the beginning of the new century and an unfortunate stab at slackness. By the close of 2002 Sizzla managed to gain notable attention again with the release of the excellent "Da Real Thing" set for producer Bobby Digital, comparable with "Black Woman & Child" from the same source. Unfortunately it was only an occasional return to his former high quality standard as its follow up albums including "African Children", "Light Of My World", "Red Alert", "Jah Knows Best", and "Stay Focus" didn't match "Da Real Thing". Last year's "Waterhouse Redemption" for vet producer King Jammy unmistakably showed that Sizzla is still able to deliver a worthwhile album.

And now, ten years after he made a serious impact with the "Praise Ye Jah" and "Black Woman and Child" sets, Sizzla (almost) returns to form with a brand new album entitled "I-Space", his tenth album for Greensleeves. Under the guidance of producer Byron Murray the Bobo chanter proves that he's still a force to be reckoned. Like most reggae albums this set features original riddims as well as nods to reggae's heritage of classic riddims, which include skilful reworkings of "Carpenter", "Devil's Pickney", "I Shall Be Released", "Desperate Lover" and Bob Marley's "Natural Mystic". The latter underpins "Really And Truly" -- currently a massive hit -- produced by Fatta and Bulby for Fat Eyes. This strong opener is followed by the Shane Brown produced lovers piece "Irresistible", a solid tune for Jukeboxx production on the "Statement" riddim (known from Morgan Heritage's "Brooklyn & Jamaica").

What follows are thirteen good to excellent righteous tracks with live played riddims and sometimes sweet harmonies of (uncredited) backup singers, all produced by Byron Murray at the In The Streetz and Big Yard studios. Highlights are "Long Live The Kings Of Kings", the empowering "Chant Dem Down", the fiery "Talk About", the wonderful "Stop All The Violence", and "Be Careful". With an acoustic guitar as his only companion, Sizzla rounds off in great style with the striking "Put the People Interest First".

No matter what you may think about Sizzla's escapades in the hardcore dancehall world, this "I-Space" album shows that he's still one the most compelling artists in the reggae arena today.