Album review
Meets Fireproof
Sister Nancy
Special Potato Records

Tracking list

  1. Practice What You Preach
  2. Original Woman
  3. Talk And Miss
  4. Praise Him
  5. Tough Enough
  6. Armageddon
  7. Rushin' Roulette
  8. Shank I Sheck
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Cultural singjay Sister Nancy - born Nancy Russell, Kingston, Jamaica - followed in the footsteps of her brother Dickie aka Brigadier Jerry. After occasionally having performed on the sound system she recorded a successful debut single for producer Winston "Techniques" Riley titled "Papa Dean". Two years later she released her first full length album "One Two", again produced by Winston Riley. Up until now Sister Nancy has been recording, performing on the Jahlove Music sound system (often alongside her brother) and touring internationally. Some of her latest recordings can be captured on the CD "Sister Nancy Meets Fireproof". NYC based Fireproof - with a fat horn section including former members of the Slackers - have provided the "live" played backing tracks wich are actually new arrangements of classic reggae riddims including Peter Tosh's "I'm The Toughest", Bunny Wailer's "Armagedeon", Techniques' "Love Is Not A Gamble" and Bobby Ellis' "Shank I Sheck". First one is treated to four vocal tracks with Sister Nancy making a decent and powerful impression. She delivers her lyrics over raw, unpolished sounding backdrops in a way that is strongly reminiscent of performing on a sound system. While listening to these tracks it's almost inevitable that one fancies a band doing a jam session in a smokey room and then suddenly there's Sister Nancy taking the mic and doing her thing. It's definitely the sound, the recording, the backing and the vocal delivery that create this listening experience. Then the four dub instrumentals, reworkings of well known classic riddims but again played and recorded in such a way that it provides a "live" experience. All four tracks incorporate truly wicked horn parts, which adds a special flavor to it all.

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