Showcase Vol. 4 ~ Health & Strength
Prezident Brown
Muzik Ave.
April 19, 2008

Track list
  1. Health And Strength
  2. Mary Mary
  3. Jah Army
  4. Spirit Of Contention
  5. Contrary
  6. Hook Line
  7. Friends Be Friends
  8. Prodigal Son
  9. Harder (Rock Of Gibraltar)
  10. Pray For Dem
  11. Rise With A Prayer
  12. Darling
  13. Zion We A Go
  14. Recapture Your Culture
  15. Wonders Never Cease
  16. Let It Be Known
  17. Set It Off
  18. Heart Thumpin
  19. Never Get Weary
DVD ~ Music Videos
  1. Rise With A Prayer
  2. To Jah Only
  3. Oh La La La
  4. Black Magic Woman
  5. Be Thankful For What You Got
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Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Cultural chanter Prezident Brown, a tall dread by appearance, has always kept to the high road of consciousness and stayed away from the ranks of gun and pum-pum lyrics with a good mix of message music and love songs, since he debuted on the RUNNetherlands label with the Barry O'Hare produced album "Big Bad And Talented" back in 1994. In the fourteen years that followed he unleashed quite a few 7" singles and seven full length albums with varied success. Even though Prezident Brown has established a devoted fan-base in both Europe and the US, he's still waiting for a real big breakthrough.

Since the appearance of his debut album we've truly heard a lot of Prezident Brown stuff and, to be honest, he hardly ever disappointed! And his latest release, "Showcase Vol. 4 ~ Health & Strength", which he decided to sell on his own, independent of any record label, is no exception. Throughout the years he has developed his vocal control on stage and in the studio, which is fully reflected in those songs featured here for which he utilizes a more singing style like for example the wonderful "Friends Be Friends".

Despite the many different producers involved -- including mainly lesser known names such as Andrew Seidel, Bush Man, Devon Bradshaw, Live Wyya, C. McIntosh, Hugh Miller, Rupert Reeves, Charlton Reid, Courtney Edwards, Alborosie, King Hopeton and Delroy Roberts -- the album sounds quite consistent. Carefully crafted songs, fine conscious lyrics, and vocals effectively melding with mostly fresh, not before heard riddims, form the main pillars of this highly enjoyable album. Among the standout tracks are the title track "Health And Strength", "Contrary", "Pray For Dem", "Zion We A Go", the awesome "Let It Be Known" with some real nice sax parts, and "Wonders Never Cease", which is underpinned by the riddim that was previously used for Chezidek's first number one hit "Leave The Trees".

Prezident Brown's new collection of tunes isn't a masterpiece, but it's good enough to justify the statement that it deserves a place in the cd collection of any fan of modern reggae.