Album review
Ruff Stuff Records
September 19 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Jah Created
  2. Oh Mother
  3. How Long
  4. I Want To Love You
  5. Living In The Ghetto
  6. King's Feet
  7. Baby Your Love
  8. All Over The World
  9. Love Is What We Seek
  10. Sing Another Song
  11. Justice
  12. Free The World
  13. Imagine
  14. Revelation
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

When Yvad hit the scene with the album "Young, Gifted & Dread" - released by Ras Records in 1996 - he was surrounded by hype, but promptly disappeared. Yvad was born Kevin Davy in Kingston, Jamaica. When he was two years old his parents sent him to the country to escape political violence. In the peace and quiet of the country, he attended school and church, and discovered his love for music. His experience was born in the Moravian Church, where he began singing, playing guitar, and became a member of the choir. Yvad was at school with his friends when he formed a singing group. As time passed, he realized that he lived for the moments when they were singing together. He also found that through songwriting he could record his inner-most thoughts in his pensive moments. He was always hanging out at the Bob Marley Museum singing and playing guitar, and it was there that he was discovered by Cedella Marley.
Now, eight years after he made his international debut, Yvad is back on the scene with his second album entitled "Justice". The latter, recorded Ruff Stuff Recording and Rehearsal Studio and mixed by Rohan Dwyer at Goove Studio in Kingston Jamaica, is a more mature album than his debut set, but nevertheless again filled with ital vibes, a rich soulful voice and conscious lyrics. It features thirteen uplifting and powerful reggae tunes based on love, freedom and justice for humanity and a well done cover version of John Lennon's "Imagine". Besides Yvad's unique vocal delivery and lyrical content this album also benefits from the well arranged original riddims. Standout tracks include "Jah Created", "How Long", "Living In The Ghetto", "All Over The World", "Justice" and "Revelation".
"Justice" is worthwhile checking out if you're looking to music for mere entertainment but along with that, a message.

Teacher & Mr. T.