Album review
Positive And Progressive
Zamani Records
16 - 10 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Sure Fire
  2. This Money Thing
  3. Disbeliever
  4. Hindtrance
  5. Conspiracy
  6. Freedom Can't Wait
  7. Too Many Teachers
  8. Ghetto Life
  9. Unite To Be Free
  10. Nothing's Change
  11. Devil Stand Up Like Man
  12. All Ah Dem
  13. Mickey Mouse Lovin
  14. The World Is Merciless
  15. How Long
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Texas based Grenadian reggae artist Rashani has released his third CD, "Positive and Progressive", featuring a collection of 15 songs that were written and produced by himself. Between 1986 and 1987 Rashani produced his first recording of a collection of songs entitled "Don't Try to Block What You Can't Stop". Between 1995 and 1996, he went on to produce another full length CD "Who's Foolin Who?". Throughout the years Rashani has managed to set up his own label, publishing and production company and is presently involved in producing music for new and up coming young artists.
Just like on his previous albums Rashani again focuses on delivering conscious minded songs which mainly deal with the different issues that affects humanity in their daily life. His music is strongly related to the heydays of roots reggae, however unmistakably expressing a fine contemporary feel. The mainly full sounding riddims are fresh, enjoyable and danceable as well. The inclusion of horns and earcaressing backing vocals are a welcome addition and bring just that extra flavor to Rashani's musical outings. "Positive And Progressive" is a well balanced delivery with no real weak effort to be found, which showcases the development of this fine roots singer. It's hard to point out the best tunes, but "This Money Thing", "Disbeliever", "Devil Stand Up Like Man" and "How Long" definitely belong to our favourite tracks.

Teacher & Mr. T.