Michael Rose
M Records
January 3, 2007

Michael Rose - Warrior Track list
  1. Warrior
  2. Freedom
  3. Youth Nowadays
  4. Zion
  5. Longtime
  6. Them A Look
  7. Dangerzone
  8. Solid Ground
  9. A Little Bit More
  10. Nature
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Born in the Western Kingston ghetto of Waterhouse, Jamaica in 1957, Michael Rose was introduced to music by his brothers, who used to sing around the house. Blessed with a powerful voice he joined a band, doing local talent shows as well as entertaining tourists in the north coast hotels of Jamaica. Returning to Kingston in 1975, Niney the Observer soon spotted the potential of Michael Rose and produced his first recordings including "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "Clap The Barber". However his success story really started when he became a member of Black Uhuru, one of the leading second generation reggae vocal groups. In 1985 Michael Rose left Black Uhuru for a solo career that brought him varying success. Recently Michael Rose and Derrick "Duckie" Simpson reunited and started to tour again as "Black Uhuru feat. Michael Rose".

Fortunately we didn't had to wait long before Michael Rose released a next (solo) album for producer Ryan Moore. The acclaimed "African Roots" set was released a year ago and now Rose and Moore already put out a new one. Warrior is the name of this brand new album and also the name of the first tune included here. From the moment this great roots singer bursts out of your speakers, you cannot deny that he's still alive and kicking! With this track Rose has delivered a true classic and inspiring song. Next up is a decent song about war called Freedom. The nice lyrics of Youth Nowadays makes Rose shine on this one. It's followed by the easy sing along song Zion. The fine backing on Longtime makes it definitely one of the outstanding pieces here. On the solid Danger Zone Rose reminds us of the dangerous time we are living in. Solid Ground will certainly be approved by the heavy roots fans. The album closes with the wicked tune Nature, which tells us to stay true to nature.

All in all this long time roots veteran delivers a great album once more.