On The Road
Play Records-True Life Entertainment
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Jamaican artist Zeno is a fine, much promising singer whose vocal style is reminiscent of Sanchez, Tony Curtis and sometimes Wayne Wonder. This rather unknown, but truly talented singer/songwriter makes a good impression on "On The Road, his debut album for US based Play Records. A fusion of smoothed-out reggae, lovers rock and ballads to dancehall influences makes "On the Road" a blissful combination of genres that does not sound forced or contrived. Whether you capture Zeno performing a dancehall influenced track like for example the album opener "Dancing All Night", a lovers rock song such as "Talk To Me" or a ballad like "Realize", it's obvious that he's equally at home with all genres. Zeno has a smooth, commanding voice which comes to full expression on this very enjoyable set due to expertly laid original riddims, well arranged songs and good production work. Highlights and tracks with real hit potential are "Roll Up", "Anita", "Talk To Me" and the single "Right Type A Body". Also of good quality and thus worth of hearing over and over again are "Hurt Yourself", "Freedom", "Chalwa", "Maria" and the title track "On The Road". The only weak effort is the heavily rock influenced "Woman Want A Man", mainly because it doesn't fit into the mood and vibe of this set.|
Zeno is definitely on the road to stardom as can be witnessed on this well varied CD.