Album review
VP Records - Walboomers Music
27 - 07 - 1997

Tracking list

  1. Issues (Skit)
  2. Never Make A Promise
  3. Bobo (Skit)
  4. Collie Weed
  5. Pay Me
  6. Olivia
  7. Before You Walk Out Of My Life
  8. Their Plan
  9. My Love
  10. Praises
  11. Shineface (Skit)
  12. Road Block
  13. First Time
  14. Mind Blowing Decision
  15. Na Na
  16. Jamaica National Anthem
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Edmund Carl Aitken a.k.a. Shinehead was born in England, moved to Jamaica in his early years, but was raised primarly in New York where his family settled down in the mid-seventies. In the eighties Shinehead started working with the Sound Systems Down Beat International and African Love where he made his reputation as a very talented deejay, singer and rapper. Shinehead has become one of the most influential US-based reggae artists, often mixing Jamaican dancehall with modern R&B and Hip-Hop. His most recent album "Praises" is another proof of this approach and the man's unique talents when it comes to seemingly effortless singing, deejaying in Jamaican fashion, whistling and rapping. The album fully showcases Shinehead's incredible versatility of vocal styles as he delivers fine lovers cuts as well as message tunes. That Shinehead is still in touch with the current dancehall developments can be witnessed when listening to "Hot" and "Na Na" (an adaption of a huge pop hit from the seventies), both tracks delivered across riddims laid by hot dancehall producer Tony 'CD' Kelly. Most of the tracks are produced by Shinehead himself but the album also features tracks produced by Mad Lion, Donovan Mckitty and Bobby Konders & Ranking Joe. Best tracks are "Never Make A Promise", "Before You Walk Out Of My Life", "Their Plan", "Hot" and "Road Block". "Praises" is a satisfying and well varied effort from an artist whose reputation is assured due to some highly acclaimed releases in the past 15 years.

Teacher & Mr. T.