Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Many As One
Raymond Wright
Pow Pow Productions
CD
July 12, 2009

Raymond Wright - Many As One Track list
  1. Better Place
  2. Anyway
  3. Lover Divine
  4. Hand That Feed You
  5. They Don't Know
  6. Gideon
  7. King James
  8. Sufferer
  9. Many As One
  10. First Choice feat. Roach
  11. Rasta
  12. Wifey
  13. Hey There Lady
  14. Things
  15. Carry On
  16. Natty
  17. Dreams Come True
  18. Pay The Price feat. Fitta Warri
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
It was somewhere in the mid-90s that we first heard the soulful voice of Jamaican singer Raymond Wright, when playing the Barry O'Hare produced single "This Is How We Do It". His vocal delivery instantly made a good impression and it was obvious he was a name to watch for in the near future. Despite the release of a few singles on the Shocking Vobes label including "All The Love", "To H.I.M." and "Babylon Town", he then vanished from the reggae scene. And now, in the summer of 2009, Pow Pow Productions releases brand new material from this very fine vocalist who posesses a variable, strong and husky voice.

Raymond Wright was born on November 11th, 1971, and raised in St. Catherine, Jamaica. He started his musical career by playing a variety of musical instruments and singing in his local church, where he also conducted singing lessons. His spiritual devotion and love for the church, led him to study theology, which he successfully finished obtaining a theological degree. But his passion for singing and music kept being significant for his further path in life as he decided to follow his heart and to pursue a career within the music industry.

When he performed in Italy at the Rototom Sunsplash festival in 2001, he fell in love with the country and decided to pursue his musical career from there. He then released his hard-to-find debut album "Point Black" on the 'Rasta Snob' label and continued to perform on various local and major events around Europe. But the music business also proved to be a hard business for him, with partners who turned out to be the wrong ones. At first his expectations were not fulfilled and the success he wished for had been missing. But despite all disappointments and because of his belief in love and the power of his music he stayed motivated and kept on working for the achievement of his goals. In 2007 the singer and Pow Pow producer Ingo Rheinbay got together at the Pow Pow homebase in Cologne, the Petit Prince Club. Now and then Raymond took the mic at a session and showed his skills and talent to the soundsystem crew and the massive in the club, so the idea for releasing an album was born.

It's a real joy that we're finally treated to a widely available full length album on which Raymond Wright fully lives up expectations raised with his earliest works. Right from the beginning it's obvious we are listening to a mature artist with a great voice, who has developed and honed his skills in the past decade. Getting things started on this album is the conscious "Better Place", a well produced solid tune with nice backing vocals and sweet sax parts. Next up is another fine conscious tune, the matching "Anyway". But the album really takes off with the excellent lovers track "Lover Divine" on the awesome "I-Love" riddim... a tune that gives us goose bumps. The mesmerizing riddim that underpins "Hand That Feed You" stays pretty basic all the way, but the vocal and lyrical delivery on top of the riddim makes this a solid effort. The nicely written "They Don't Know" carries a modern roots vibe and is one of the highpoints. And the good vibes keep flowing with "Gideon", another strong tune worth of hearing. It's followed by the slow-paced "King James", a beautiful tune with a jazzy groove. Across a fine relick of the Studio One riddim that was utilized for The Cables' "Baby Why" comes another great tune, "Sufferer". The title track, "Many As One", rounds off the strongest and most consistent part of the album in fine style. The second half of "Many As One" also features its fair share of solid tunes beginning with the cultural song "Rasta", immediately followed by the forthcoming single "Wifey". Also "Carry On", the wicked "Natty", and "Dreams Come True" on Pow Pow's "Respond" riddim provide nuff listening pleasure.

"Many As One" is a worthwhile album packed with many good songs, fully showing that Raymond Wright is a versatile vocalist who shouldn't be overlooked by any Reggae fan.