Album review
Straight From Da Root
HeartBeat Europe

Tracking list

  1. Straight From Da Root
  2. Blessed Joy
  3. Stogee featuring Mr. Mojo of Morgan Heritage
  4. Love 4 U
  5. One Dance With You
  6. Allright
  7. Tell Me
  8. Can't Go To Zion
  9. I Love Zion
  10. Wi Tell Them
  11. Smile And joy
  12. She's Like
  13. You Can Be
  14. All I Find In You
  15. Rock Up The Station
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Laza, Miriam, and Shy-Poo, representing three more of Denroy Morgan's 29 offspring, have established themselves as L.M.S., a trio whose debut album "Reality Check" and its follow up "Zion Gates" have shown that they deliver uplifting messages with a perfect blend of dancehall and roots reggae style! Since their debut in 1999 they have been consistently building their fan base with a sort of singjay lyrical style and also their ability to flow with each genre coming from their Jamaican and US lineage. Thus their fans are found amongst Reggae, Dancehall and even Hip Hop enthusiasts. Now here's their third album entitled "Straight From Da Root", which is both a reference to the family group (in particular father, Denroy Morgan) and to the path that their music has taken over the past few years. From the very first moment the group has consistently produced a sound that is steeped in roots reggae with R&B, hip-hop and pop elements to spice up the mix. This brandnew set is further proof of L.M.S.'s intention to reach a far wider audience than the reggae massive by creating an appealing and more accessible sound with strong crossover potential. Nothing wrong with that, but thus the reggae fan is treated to tunes that might not be his cup of tea. Prime examples of attempts to crossover are tracks such as "Stogee", "Love 4 U", "You Can Be" and "All I Find In You". On the other hand this cd also contains some notable contemporary roots reggae tunes like for example the great title track "Straight From Da Root", the wonderful "Blessed Joy" (utilizing the same riddim as Chezidek's brilliant "Can't Hear Must Feel") and "Can't Go To Zion". Also worth of hearing are the perky love tune "One Dance With You", "Smile And Joy", the beautiful former single "I Love Zion" and the wonderful "Tell Mi", the latter delivered by Miriam across a riddim known from Beres Hammond's "Stay With Me Jah".
Although "Straight From Da Root" includes some disappointing tracks one has to admit that L.M.S., in assocation with renown "Xterminator" producer Phillip "Fatis" Burrell from renown Xterminator Productions", have managed to deliver a decent album.

Teacher & Mr. T.