Special Delivery Music
December 31, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
After having unleashed the well received "Clean Vibes" and "Storm Alarm" riddims, and then Lyricson's excellent debut set "Born 2 Go High", young budding French reggae label Special Delivery Music hits once again with the release of Queen Omega's fourth album entitled "Destiny". Rasta empress Queen Omega, hailing from San Fernando in Trinidad, met producer Mickey D of Green House Family on her trip to Jamaica with the Solomon Band, where she performed at the Caribbean Music Expo in late 2000. He brought her to London to do recording sessions for her self-titled debut set, "Queen Omega", which was released in 2001. The album was followed by several hit singles and a second album titled "Pure Love" (2003). Early 2004 Jet Star released "Away From Babylon", Queen Omega’s third and most accomplished album then, finding her still residing within Mickey D's Green House Family. With these three albums and many well received live performances, Queen Omega has been absolutely blazing a trail for female roots reggae artists. And she continues to do so with this brand new collection of tunes. Now under the wings of the very talented French production duo Bost & Bim (Pierre Bost & Jay Pee Greve), she shows that she has improved her vocal delivery further. She mixes (but not so much) her standard singing with deejaying, and is equally efficient at doing both. Besides that she once again fully showcases her devastating ability to write to the point messages. Thus Queen Omega is well on her way to creating a sort of consistency the roots side of reggae has never had from a female artist. Outstanding tracks are "Selassie I Know", "Love Each Other", "Me Beg Yu", "Keep The Faith", "No Retire", the combination song with Buju Banton titled "Perfect Combination", and the title track "Destiny".