Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Jamaicanization
Ce'Cile
Kingstone / Zojak Worldwide
CD / Digital Release
August 22, 2011

Jamaicanization - CeCile Track list
  1. Intro
  2. Where You Want Me
  3. When You`re Gone
  4. Singing This Song
  5. Hey feat. Assassin aka Agent Sasco
  6. Woot Woot
  7. Nah Stress Over Man
  8. Step Aside
  9. Up On The Dancefloor
  10. Sweetness feat. Christopher Martin
  11. OK Without You
  12. Cheater + Touch Yourself
  13. Want More
  14. Wicked And Wild feat. Million Stylez
  15. Exclusive
  16. OK Without You (Remix)
  17. Gwane Live Life
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
During the first decade of the new millennium anyone who has closely followed the happenings in Jamaica's male dominated dancehall music must have noticed the emergence of a (still) growing amount of female artists including Tifa, D'Angel, Stacious, Spice, Gaza Slim, Baby Tash, Sasha, Macka Diamond, Lisa Hyper, and Toya, to name only ten. This enumeration lacks the names of the, without doubt, internationally best known contemporary female artists, actually those who have surpassed the period of chasing a quick bit of hype, namely Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens and Ce'Cile.

Known as dancehall's "Bad Gyal", the granddaughter of Mandeville's cherished mayor, Ce'Cile unexpectedly fell in love with the tough sound of dancehall and instead of battling her way through Kingston's hard scrabble recording scene, she systematically and single-mindedly pursued her career from the inside and began honing her signature "singjay" vocal style; a blend of honeyed melodies and rapid-fire rapping delivered in English but tinged with Jamaican patois, otherwise known as chatting or toasting. Ce'Cile's signature sound - the combination of sultry singing, along with finely honed deejaying, has left in her wake a string of hit singles including the self produced, shockingly refreshing and thought provoking breakthrough hit "Changez" on the 2000 released "Chiney Gal" riddim. September 2007 saw the release of her debut album, which in the end appeared in three different versions and under three different titles: "Bad Gyal", "Waiting" and "Worth It".

Now, four years after her initial album release, there's Ce'Cile's sophomore album called "Jamaicanization" on the German Kingstone label. The latter features 16 vocal tracks, 13 of which are exclusives. Compared with the "Bad Gyal" set, this new collection of tunes is a more balanced and mature effort, showing that Ce'Cile has grown as a vocalist and lyricist. After the intro by Rory of Stone Love Movement, it's time for some fine reggae tracks to caress the listener's eardrums, starting of with a subtle lovers piece, the great "Where You Want Me". She keeps the Lovers vibes flowing throughout with the even better, "When You're Gone", which comes across the ZJ Chrome produced "Cardiac Bass" riddim from 2010. The first official single from "Jamaicanization", "Sing A Song", also deals with matters of the heart. However, the riddim with its retro sounding offbeat synthesizer sounds and wicked bassline from Cologne's Ben Bazzazian, who produced more than half of the album, gives it a different mood and vibe.

"Hey" is the first collaboration track to leap out of the speakers. Both Ce'Cile and Assassin aka Agent Sasco deliver an extremely infectious and very danceable effort, actually the best of the three combination tunes. "Sweetness", the duet with fine singer Christopher Martin, makes a decent impression and thus is the second best. So it's obvious that we don't rank the hip-hop vibed "Wicked And Wild" with Million Stylez very high. The remaining tracks on this album include the solid "Nah Stress Over Man" on Big Yard's "Street Bullies" riddim, the modest dancefloor filler "Up On The Dancefloor", the real nice 'two-in-one' track "Cheater + Touch Yourself", the very enjoyable RMX version of "OK Without You", and the excellent album closer "Gwane Live Life".

On "Jamaicanization", Ce'cile delivers reggae and dancehall songs with flavours of R'n'B, Hip-Hop, and even Pop music. Thus this album doesn't only suits the taste of dancehall reggae aficionados, but it makes it also a very accessible collection for other music lovers.