The Cure
Jah Cure
VP Records
CD / Vinyl LP / Digital Release
April 8, 2016

Track list
  1. No Friend Of Mine
  2. Corruption
  3. Life We Live
  4. I Surrender
  5. Set Me Free
  6. Made In California
  7. Show Love
  8. All Of Me
  9. Still Remains
  10. Other Half Of Me
  11. That Girl
  12. Rasta
  13. Stay With Me
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 5
Sometimes, and luckily not most of the times, it takes a very long time before one is finally able to listen to (and then review) an album which, at the time of its release in 2015, was one of the most anticipated albums. We're talking about Jah Cure's "The Cure", a 13 track set recorded at studios such as Big Yard, Mixing Lab, Clive Hunt's Place and Tuff Gong with seasoned Jamaican musicians, of which he was the executive producer. "The Cure" marks the artist's return to VP Records after he did two albums, "The Universal Cry" (2009) and "World Cry" (2012), for SoBe Entertainment.

The two aforementioned albums certainly weren't his best efforts and thus the question was if Jah Cure's "The Cure" would be a return to form. And indeed, it is!! Where the SoBe Entertainment releases clearly aimed at a more mainstream audience as they - musically speaking - featured very diverse material, which in most cases simply doesn't work, this "The Cure" album goes back to the musical roots of the Jamaican artist. This said, it's the opener "No Friend Of Mine" across a beautiful binghi drum beat dominated riddim that instantly makes clear that this is a mostly roots reggae album. Next comes the awesome social commentary "Corruption", a real killer with great horns, delay and thunderous dub effects... rewind and come again!!! The third track, "Life We Live", fully displays the stunning powers of the voice of Jah Cure. It's the kind of tune that can be placed among those that brought him to prominence.

After "I Surrender", a song with a personal touch, it's time to focus on the romantic side of life. First there's the beautiful, R&B influenced "Set Me Free", which shows why he has become one of the most popular reggae singers in the world. "Show Love" is another worthy love song, while his version of the John Legend tune "All Of Me" is also worth hearing. Next drops "Still Remains", a nice effort but that's about it. "Other Half Of Me" makes a better impression, but it's the successful hit tune "That Girl" that easily outmatches the two previous love songs. Back to reggae roots music with the solid "Rasta" and the excellent conscious tune "Stay With Me".

Jah Cure's 7th studio album, which topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart in its first week of release and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2016, is a really good album!!