Love Has No Boundaries
November 28, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Certain reggae artists hardly ever disappoint, and Beres Hammond definitely is one of them. This reggae veteran has been around since the 1970s, but it wasn't till more recently that he got the recognition and album sales that he deserved. Influenced by reggae pioneers like Alton Ellis and Ken Boothe and U.S. R&B artists such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye, he has a distinctive soulful voice that is one of Jamaica's modern-day classics. From roots to dancehall to lovers rock, Beres has proven his versatility over any type of riddim as fully can be witnessed by listening to his commemorative double CD "Canít Stop A Man", released in 2003 to celebrate the singer's 30th Anniversary in reggae. Now Beres Hammond delivers a brand new album, his first studio effort since his Grammy nominated "Music Is Life" was released in 2001. This highly anticipated new collection of tunes, that comes on the heels of the triumphant "For The Love Of It Concert Tour", contains the usual lovers rock and rub-a-dub riddims, expertly played by real musicians, and, of course, Beres' trademarks... his rusty voice and appealing poetic lyrics. Except for "Let The Good Times Roll", "There For You" and the combination tune "Good Old Dancehall Vibes" with reggae legend Big Youth, which already appeared on 45s, this set features all new material. From beginning to end this album is stamped with quality all over. It has plenty of good songs, no real weak tune around. Our favorite cuts include "Solid Love", "Love Mood", "There For You", "No More", "Feel Love", "Weary Soldier", "Not Over Until It's Done" and the combination with Buju Banton for the "Love Me Always" riddim entitled "Thanks Fe Mi Pride & Joy"