Jah Words
June 4, 2004

Track list
  1. Are You With Me
  2. Many Things
  3. Knockin' On Heavenís Door
  4. Angel Heart
  5. Never Giving In
  6. Foot Soljah
  7. Jah Words
  8. Feed The World
  9. Why Should I
  10. Perfect Love
  11. Prophecy
  12. Cry For Justice
  13. Look Deep Within
  14. Angel
  15. In God Or Man
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Since he started out in 1992 with releases on Hartnol 'Sky High' Henry's "Mau Mau" Label and then Castro Brown's "New Name" outfit, the very talented Jetpher McClymont aka Luciano has become a major figure in contemporary roots reggae. Most of Luciano's material has been modern cultural music with a pronounced spirituality, although he's also clearly at home with traditional Lovers offerings. His association with Xterminator producer Phillip 'Fatis' Burrell, with whom Luciano enjoyed his first hits, proved very successful and brought the reggae fan some of the singer's best works. After leaving the Xterminator camp at the end of 1998, Luciano began recording with several different producers and, together with his friend Mikey General, founded his own Qabalah imprint.
Along with "Hail The Comforter" and a second installment of Jet Star's "Reggae Max" compilation series, the Ian Clough and Calvini Bakker produced "Jah Words" is the third album this year so far from The Messenger. When it comes to a new Luciano album release the fan expects solid roots anthems, pious songs of faith, and that warm rich baritone, and that's exactly what you get when listening to this "Jah Words" set. The tracks on this album are classic Luciano... righteous, uplifting and affirmative. However.. this collection of tunes contains no surprises and no real killers, actually it's more of the same, but if you like Luciano, then that's probably a good thing. In all, "Jah Words" is a decent album with some really solid, well-built riddims (mostly created by Ricky Myrie), and excellent vocal backup from the very talented Shelene Thomas. Especially worthwhile checking out is the notable dancehall-pitched "Why Should I?" in order to hear that combining the voices of Luciano and Shelene Thomas works very well. Other tracks worth of hearing are "Cry For Justice", an attack on American imperialism, the romantic "Angel Heart", the rootsy "Never Giving In", "Perfect Love", and the title track "Jah Words".
Certainly no new ground broken perhaps, but the singer's fans should purchase this album without fear.