London 2 Paris
VP Records-Walboomers Music
November 13, 2005

Track list
  1. Jah Soldiers
  2. Youth Them No Fi Cry
  3. London To Paris
  4. Airport Interview (skit)
  5. Walk Wit Jah featuring Mr. Mojo
  6. Rasta Flex
  7. Nah Play Wit Dem featuring EMP
  8. Can't Stop
  9. Nuh Inna Dem featuring JB
  10. On The Bus (skit)
  11. Broke My Heart
  12. No Other Girl
  13. Not A Player
  14. I Adore You
  15. Wit a 'G' featuring EMP
  16. Little Boy Listen (skit)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Musical trio L.M.S., which stands for Laza, Miriam and Shy-Poo, three children of reggae veteran Denroy Morgan and sibblings of Morgan Heritage, have returned with a fourth album, the follow-up to "Reality Check" (1999), "Zion Gates" (2001) and "Straight From Da Root" (2003). Were these three previous albums all in all satisfying and solid deliveries, this new collection of tunes causes mixed feelings, in particular from a reggae fan's point of view. Looking back at their previous full length albums it's obvious that L.M.S. have consistently produced a sound that is steeped in roots reggae with R&B, hip-hop and pop elements to spice up the mix. On "London 2 Paris" they continue to do so, however this time in such a way that the album loses its balance. There's too much dancehall, hip hop and r n'b oriented music included on this set that doesn't make a serious impression despite the trio's talent, experience and always present enthousiasm and positivism. Tunes such as the title track "London 2 Paris" (over a weak hiphop flavored beat that reminds us of Black Uhuru's "What Is Life"), "Rasta Flex" (with its annoying distorted rock guitar in the mix), "Can't Stop", "Nuh Inna Dem" (a quite boring hiphop track), "Not A Player" and "Wit A 'G'" aren't what one would call 'a real treat for the ears'. Besides that this set too often falls short on lyrical content, which makes it hard to stay involved to the very end. With "Jah Soldiers", "Youth Dem Nuh Fi Cry", "Walk Wit Jah", "Broke My Heart", No Other Girl" and the single "I Adore You" being the only tracks truly worth of hearing, it's obvious "London 2 Paris" doesn't live up to the expectations one might have from this undoubtedly multi-talented group. However, this new L.M.S. album may appeal to those who love to hear reggae with connections to hip hop and contemporary pop music styles.