Album review
King Man
Everton Blender
23 - 08 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Hail The King
  2. Gone A Country
  3. Little Green Apples
  4. Tabernacle Tree
  5. Is It Because I'm Black
  6. Throw Down Your Arms
  7. King Man
  8. False Tongue
  9. True Love
  10. Who Cares
  11. Abbabajani
  12. Do Good
  13. Backra
  14. The System
  15. Tabernacle Tree featuring Trinity
  16. The System (Binghi Mix)
  17. False Tongue (Binghi Mix)
Rating : 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.
Packed with 17 tracks (including 5 bonus tracks) this cd treats us to the smooth, crooning, tenor vocal of Everton Blender, bright background vocals, fine musical arrangements, and spiritually uplifting themes, again showing that Blender is one of the few Jamaican singers to truly bridge the gap between the roots and dancehall reggae styles. Many great songs you'll find on this album, mostly delivered over well played original riddims (only "Hail The King" and "Who Cares" are underpinned by resuscitated Studio One riddims). Each and every track is worth of hearing, although the cover version of "Little Green Apples" could have been left out. However, the most impressive efforts are the album opener "Hail The King", "Tabernacle Tree", "Throw Down Your Arms", "False Tongue", "Abbabajani" and both versions of the awesome "The System". On these vital tracks as well as on the other tunes included here Everton Blender evokes memories of classic reggae performers of the past.
"King Man" is a good quality album that will definitely appeal to all roots reggae fans!!

Teacher & Mr. T.