Made In Jamaica
Courtney John
FiWi Music
July 6, 2009

Courtney John - Made In Jamaica Track list
  1. People (Interlude)
  2. Lucky Man
  3. I Want To Get Next To You
  4. Miss You
  5. What It's Like
  6. Win Some
  7. Forever
  8. Back In Love
  9. Float
  10. Save Us All
  11. Safer Place
  12. One
  13. Ready To Go
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Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Born on 8 September 1970 in Annotto Bay, St Mary, Jamaica, singer, producer and songwriter Courtney John (formerly known as Yogie) started off his musical career at the age of 12 when he wrote and performed his first song. Later, through various jam sessions, he honed his musical skills in writing, arrangement and instruments. Although he made his recording debut in 1993 when he recorded his debut single "For Granted" for Clive Hunt, it lasted until the year 2000 before his first full length album entitled "Miracles", with Top 10 singles like "I Go Crazy", "That Was Then", "Brighter Days" and "Here Again", finally hit the streets.

He then started to produce and collaborate with top international artists in chart climbing remix hits such as Nelly Furtado's "Turn Off The Lights" and "Say It Right", and Jarvis Church's "Run For Your Life". Furthermore he also produced tracks for people like Beenie Man, Anthony B, Determine, Sizzla, Missy Elliot, Tweet, K-OS, Brah Yhan, Kreesha Turner, Sonia Collymore, among many others. His 2007 released sophomore album, "Unselfish", with hits such as "Hey", "Baby Tonight", "Sometimes" and "When You Say", helped to solidify his fanbase.

And now, just in time for the summer season, there's Courtney John's third album. Just like in the case of the previous two albums, the songs gathered on this "Made In Jamaica" set mainly deal with matters of the heart. Some of these tunes have a strong vintage feel and bring back cherished memories from the Rocksteady era. The prime example, of course, is the awesome lead single "Lucky Man" (do check out its real BAD videoclip) with the lovers rock crooner displaying his falsetto to full effect, but there's also the wonderful "Win Some", underpinned by a relick of The Paragons' Treasure Isle song "Blackbirds Singing". Furthermore there are the two Sly & Robbie produced tracks with an old skool dancehall vibe; "Back In Love" on the "Merry Go Round" riddim and "Ready To Go" on the "Tune In" riddim.

Tracks such as his cover of the Rose Royce song "I Wanna Get Next To You", "What's It Like", the hit single "Miss You", the wonderful "Forever" and "One" are carrying a more contemporary reggae vibe. With the Stephen "Lenky" Marsden produced tracks "Float, "Save Us All" and "Safer Place", Courtney John obviously tries to flex his musical range. Most likely it's an attempt to get into the crossover territory, but overall these efforts don't make a serious impression and it would have been better if they had been left out. However, despite this somewhat disappointing part of the album there's enough material to satisfy the fan of quality lovers rock.