23 - 08 - 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
When reggae fans hear the opening notes of "Lift Up Your Head", "Ghetto People Song", "Blend Dem" etc., they instantly recognize these songs as the cultural anthems of our time. The man behind these songs is Everton Blender. Born Everton Dennis Williams, 1954, Clarendon JA, Blender started singing in the early eighties. He made his recording debut in the mid-eighties with a record for producer Danny Barclay, but it was not until 1993 before he achieved his first notable success. Thanks to the late Garnett Silk, who introduced him to Star Trail's Richard "Bello" Bell, Everton Blender's vocal style and conscious themes finally came to full expression. "Bello" issued a stunning series of singles beginning with "Wi Nuh Jus A Come", before he released Everton Blender's acclaimed debut set "Lift Up Your Head", on which reggae fans were treated to an interesting meeting of strictly dancehall vocal style and conscious themes. "Lift Up Your Head" made a serious impact and put Blender's name on the reggae map. Other sets with strong material followed including "World Corruption" and "Rootsman Credential", and now here's his latest studio album, "King Man". All tracks are recorded with live instruments (no drum machines) in Los Angeles and Kingston JA., and feature appearances by the deejay Trinity, Lukie D, Joseph "Culture" Hill (his first outing on another artist's record since the Studio One days), Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson, David Madden, Sticky, Sky Juice and members of the bands of Freddie McGregor and Shaggy.