Cou$ins Records - Black Arrow
November 10, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Highly rated UK based vocalist Lloyd Brown follows up his great albums "Against The Grain", "Dreams To Remember", "Really Together" with Fiona,
"Silver" and "Said And Done" with this wonderful self-produced album "Brownie Points" for his own Riddim Works label. With this wonderful album,
on which Lloyd Brown concentrates more on his own material and less on covers with more than
satisfying results, he proves once more that he is one of the UK's finest singers and a great
composer and lyricist as well. The album opens after a witty "Intro/" with Lloyd Brown's
twist on Beres Hammond's "Return Of The Don" for "Return Of The One" over a great
latin-tinged broken beat with heavy bass before he delivers the smooth "Love Is" with fine
guitar-play by Michael 'Remmi' Weekes and the superb "Let Music Feed" in
combination with one of the UK's underrated female singers Lady Lex.|
Then Lloyd Brown excels on a great reggae-samba incorporating elements of Sergio Mendes' "Mas Que Nada" embellished with Matic Horns' Henry 'Buttons' Tenyue's trombone-riffs about the "Loco Theng" and teams up with another great UK female vocalist Sylvia Tella and Colonel Mite covering the wonderful Motown track sung in 1966 by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston "It Takes Two". The absolute standout-tune on this album is the captivating "Dear John" using a sample of Queen of the Blues Dinah Washington's 1959 take on Arthur Hamilton's "Cry Me A River" to absolutely mesmerizing effect. But the tune following it "Nought Point Zero" almost rivals it, with Lloyd Brown telling us after the 'Brownie Point Intro' - which precludes every tune on the album - hell hath no fury than an ex who's vex his story over a brilliant Rootdown riddim by Rootdown Records' labelboss and in-house producer Thilo 'Teka' Jocks.
On "Memba Dis", a combination with Windrush Pickney's Serocee, Lloyd Brown speaks out against all haters (preluded by the Brownie Point there will always be haters so fuck 'em) over a riddim using the horn riffs of Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Natty Dread", before in combination with Peter Spence he brings back the days of early UK roots bands with the conscious "Forgive Them", on which not only 'Remmi' adds guitar, but the full Matic Horns, Patrick Tenyue, Henry 'Buttons' Tenyue & Winston 'Saxton' Rose lead us back to the sound of early Aswad. "More Love" is a great ballad that reminds me of some of Tyrone Taylor's strongest tunes, followed by another undisputed scorcher, "Full Appreciation" using Lloyd Brown's own relick of the riddim of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Lee Perry produced) "Rock My Boat". The album closes with a tribute to Dennis Emmanuel Brown. Inspiration. Full Stop., the wonderful almost a capella doo-wop "Ray Of Light". This is a must buy album - licensed to / distributed by Cou$ins Records - for all lovers rock aficionados, superb!