Rise Up Time
King Lorenzo
RockyHill Records
Digital Release
October 17, 2015

Track list
  1. No Turning Back
  2. Are You Happy
  3. Woman Like You
  4. Dem A Wonder
  5. Give It Up For Love
  6. Rise Up Time
  7. Jah Kingdom
  8. Without You
  9. Holding Firm
  10. Warrior
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
"Rise Up Time" is King Lorenzo's long awaited third studio album, following up his 2009 released gorgeous debut set "Movin' Ahead" for the French Irie Ites record label and the 2012 released sublime "Stronger", for which he collaborated with well known UK singer, musician and producer Nereus Joseph. The latter was also involved in this brand new album as he built the riddims for six tracks. The remaining four riddims come from Brave Heart from the JamFrench label (tracks 1 and 5), Supertech Records (track 8) and Dub Akom (track 10), which makes that this "Rise Up Time" project has a variety of sounds.

Just like his previous two albums, this new collection sees King Lorenzo voicing a selection of familiar classic riddims as well as fresh originals, while lyrically he delivers tunes full of consciousness as well as romantic love songs. Things get up and started in a lovely way with the uplifting "No Turning Back". Next comes the old skool vibed "Are You Happy", a stirring song that urges you to reflect on the way you're living and how you contribute to a better tomorrow. Then "Woman Like You", for which the UK based reggae singer goes into lovers territory, wraps up the opening trio of songs. With this track he not only delivers a beautiful love song, but also fully showcases that he has an amazing singing voice.

The outstanding "Dem A Wonder", coming across a relicked version of Bobby Digital's "Shine & Criss" riddim from 1993 (based on the "Ba Ba Boom" riddim out of Treasure Isle), is delivered in a style that strongly reminds us of Scion Sasha Success. "Give It Up For Love" has an immediately pleasing sound, which makes it a joy to listen to this solid effort. The title track "Rise Up Time", a very strong conscious piece that deals with personal empowerment, offers up another big moment as does the powerful roots anthem "Jah Kingdom". "Without You" is a notable love song sung over an updated version of Alton Ellis' irresistible "Breaking Up (Is Hard To Do)" riddim. From a lyrically point of view "Holding Firm" is a bit disappointing. With such a title it's obvious that one expects to hear a real fine roots tune, but instead the listener is treated to a somewhat lacklustre song... 'holding firm, never will forget my roots, holding on to sweet reggae music, I love it'. However, with "Warrior" on Dub Akom's "Way Back" riddim, King Lorenzo returns to form and rounds off this set in great style.

Overall opinion is that King Lorenzo's third album is an absolutely delightful collection of tunes.