Album review
Rula Brown
Bee Cat Records
08 - 08 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Give A Helping Hand
  2. Brandy
  3. If I Give My Heart To Your
  4. I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You
  5. Keep In Touch (Duet Jack Radics)
  6. Merry Go Round
  7. Positivity
  8. Deeply Concerned
  9. Stop Giving Away Your Life (Duet Victor Ranking)
  10. You Are So Lovely
  11. Talking About My Baby
  12. Ainít Nobody
  13. Deck Of Cards
  14. Love Has No Colour (Duet Felicia)
  15. The World Is A Ghetto
  16. Got To Give Her Love
  17. Thereís Nothing Better Than Love
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

After 5 previously strong cd's the versatile Rula Brown comes up with a wonderful album entitled 'Positivity'. The album is a varied collection of sweet and smooth lovers songs, roots tunes and message songs. Rula Brown sure knows to pick the right riddims and perfect covers to harmonize with his voice, which reminds me of Richie Stephens. Every dollar made of this compact disc is being donated to the Granny-ICY Academic Scholarship.
After the uptempo opening track comes a great adaption of Brandy across Alton Ellis' 'I'm Just A Guy' riddim. Finally someone has the guts to cover John McLean's mid-eighties ultimate lovers tune If I Gave My Heart To You. Rula Brown's voice is the perfect instrument for this song and I just love it ! The ballad I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You from Savage Garden is next and Rula's rendition comes very close to the original. After this Rula teams up with crooner Jack Radics for a duet called Keep In Touch.
This tune is followed by Junior Delgado's Merry Go Round. Originally Jux recorded this one for Sly & Robbie, but Rula's interpration has quality all over. The title track Positivity is a self penned, strong message song. The duet with Victor Ranking Stop Giving Away Your Life is done across a hard digital Firehouse Crew riddim. You Are So Lonely licks Bob Andy's 'Fire Burning'. The late great Curtis Mayfield provided numerous songs which were used by a variety of reggae artists, and Rula Brown pays tribute to this superstar with his version of Talking About My Baby. Further soul classics covers include The World Is A Ghetto from War, There's Nothing Better Than Love which was written by Luther Vandross and Love Has No Colour from B & C Winans and Baby Face.
The variety of tunes found here makes this compact disc one of my favorite albums of the year 2000, but I have to say that two tunes found here should have been left out : the tear jerker Deck Of Cards and George Michael's Faith.

Teacher & Mr. T.