Album review
Leave Out A Babylon
Sugar Minott
Zenah Music
February 14 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Easy Mr Bush
  2. Rastaman Chant
  3. Why Worry
  4. Jah Give His Love To Me
  5. Practice What U Preach
  6. Peaceful Valley
  7. Jah Is With Us
  8. Where Is The Love
  9. African Herbsman
  10. Virtuous Woman, Spiritual Man
  11. Leave Out A Babylon
  12. Got To Find The Dub
  13. Peaceful Dub
  14. Virtuous Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Lincoln "Sugar" Minott is definitely one of the cornerstones of reggae music and thus can be reckoned among Jamaica's most respected artists. During his career, which spans almost three decades by now, he has established his name as promoter of fresh Jamaican talent, sound system operator, accomplished producer, songwriter and, of course, singer. As a singer he is loved for his rich, silky smooth voice and the consistency of delivery. Although he emerged as a conscious roots reggae singer his hit songs span roots 'n' culture, raggamuffin, lovers and broader themes. As always it's Sugar Minott's voice - controlled, captivating and uncontrived - that caresses the ears while listening to the tunes of this notable roots and culture set.
Dancehall rules nowadays and it's a relief to spin such a deep rootical set as this one - "Leave Out A Babylon" by Sugar Minott. The album is recorded in Europe, at the Zenah Recording studio in Montreuil on the outskirts of Paris with a group of committed local musicians stepped in the consciousness of Rastafari. The Zenah studio is analogue and they favour live recordings, resulting in a sound which is reminiscent of the sounds of the seventies. Here you'll catch Sugar at his best, performing deep roots tunes. The overall feel is authentic and traditional. As soon as Sugar starts singing the first tune - "Easy Mr. Bush" you will realize that this is an album full of vibes and reality. Some of the standout tracks here are "Practice What U Preach", "Jah Is With Us" and "Where Is The Love" and as a bonus you'll get treated at the end to three fine dub outings.
Sugar Minott at his 'rootical' best !

Teacher & Mr. T.