Album review
Only Conversation
VP Records-Walboomers Music
27 - 12 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Love Overdue
  2. Love We Must Have
  3. Only Conversation
  4. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing feat. Zoe Fox
  5. Jah Fire
  6. Start All Over
  7. La La Means
  8. Feel Your Love
  9. For You
  10. Calling
  11. Let Me Know feat. Shema
  12. If I Could
  13. All Night Long
  14. You Are The One feat. Leba
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Paul "Lymie" Murray, formerly lead singer for Jamaica's backing band SKOOL, released his first solo album in 1998. Gathering airplay in Jamaica and the United States, Lymie now releases his album 'Only Conversation' on Big Ship Records. His vocal delivery - singing in a heartfelt and, yet powerful manner - is proof to his talents, and there are nuff killer tunes included on the album. Lymie is equally at home with love songs and roots tunes and the album contains all high quality efforts ranging from solid to excellent. The Big Ship Records (Freddie McGregor, Noel and Dalton Browne) production quality is excellent and most of the tunes included on this album are intended to reach a very broad audience, which makes that this isn't exactly a set that will appeal to the hardcore reggae and or dancehall fan. The riddims - a mix of fresh originals and revitalized classics - are laid by some of the best musicians around including Noel and Dalton Browne, Computer Paul, Freddie McGregor, Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie, Tony Phillips, and Benji Myaz, while background vocals are provided by Lymie himself, Mikey Spice, Dalton Browne, Freddie McGregor and Shema. It's really hard to point out the highlights as there are so many great tunes to enjoy. Anyhow, these are some of our favorite tunes : the opening track, which is an aching lovers tune called Love Overdue, the second tune Love We Must Have, a great roots tune across the classic 'Dirty Harry' riddim. Another roots tune which makes an awesome impression is Jah Fire. If one tune has to be regarded as the ultimate Jamaican cover-lovers tune it has to be The Delfonics' La La Means (I Love You) and Lymie's effort is an outstanding one More evoking lovers tunes are For You and Feel Your Love. The only track which doesn't fit the album is the rap orientated Let Me Know, a duet he does with Shema.
"Only Conversation" is a well crafted reggae album from Paul "Lymie" Murray.

Teacher & Mr. T.