VP Records / Walboomers Music
17 - 05 - 2000
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
Richie Stephens, the unstoppable wonder with the
soothing voice, has returned once again with his
newest CD release entitled, "Perfect Love".
Richie Stephens is definitely not a new face to the reggae scene. Richie Stephens has been in the business for about 10 years. From steady employment as a musician on the hotel circuit of Jamaica's North Coast in the second half of the eighties to considerable international success in the nineties is the story of smooth-as-silk singer/composer Richie Stephens. Beginning as a Dennis Brown clone, Richie Stephens has since developed his own style. Although he mainly focusses on lovers rock Richie Stephens can deliver strong message songs as well. In 1997 he started his own label, "Pot Of Gold Productions".
The album collects 16 tracks, produced by a variety of producers such as Paul Kastick, Bobby Digital, Colin "Bulby" Yorke, Donovan Germaine, Steely & Clevie, Danny Browne, Clive Hunt, Cardiff Butt, & Richie Stephens himself. Most of the tunes are about love and Richie's soothing voice is perfectly suited for this theme. On the album you'll find lots of covers of soul, pop and r'n'b classics and even a reworking of the Tom Jones' sixties hit It's Not Unusual is featured here. Further covers include Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, Seal's Kiss From A Rose and Nobody Knows from Tony Rich.
"Perfect Love" is very enjoyable cd, destined to reach a broad audience.