Jah Mason
Uprising Records/Nocturne-Munich
April 2, 2006

Track list
  1. Guess & Spell
  2. Black Princess
  3. I Will Never Brake Your Heart feat. Zeno
  4. All We Say And Done
  5. No More We Slave
  6. Rise This Morning feat. Capleton
  7. Life Goes On
  8. Wha Gwaan
  9. Them Girls Want Bling
  10. Ya Ya Yah
  11. Them Come Friendyou feat. Zeno
  12. Life
  13. Music Them Want
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Jah Mason is a singjay who has achieved well-deserved recognition over the past couple of years with hit singles such as 'Princess Gone' and 'Love is Amazing'. With this latest release, 'Rise', Jah Mason shows that he's undoubtedly well named. The riddims he voices tend to be weighty, solid constructions; his coarse vocals don't offer the same level of higher-pitched variation that contemporaries such as Sizzla and Capleton offer. Of the thirteen tracks that make up 'Rise' it is a tune with Capleton, 'Rise This Morning,' which offers one of the best cuts on the album. But 'Life Goes On' just tops it as my favourite tune on the set, due to a slightly more up beat tempo and more varied instrumentation. The old school, 'ska-y' style 'Black Princess' is also worthy of mention as it delivers a lighter edge without being too watered down or cheesy. The guest vocals of Zeno on two of the thirteen tracks also help to lighten the mood a little. However, my main criticism of this album is that as a whole it's a little too 'dark', although this is also one of 'Rise's' strength's - you feel like you're listening to something substantial and are left in little doubt as to Jah Mason's power spiritually and vocally. If you've enjoyed Jah Mason's successful singles then you're sure to appreciate this album. But it is 'heavy' roots and culture, so if you're looking for something light and accessible then this won't really be it. Jah Mason's career continues to build slowly yet steadily - something reflected in this album, it's not spectacular but a stolid, robust account of what Jah Mason is all about.