Album review
Really Together
Fiona & Lloyd Brown
VP Records-Walboomers Music
March 11 - 2005

Tracking list

  1. Intro
  2. Show and Tell
  3. What Good Am I
  4. Really Together
  5. Why Can't I Touch You
  6. Private Number
  7. Your Time
  8. I Love The Way
  9. Break Up To Make Up
  10. Creeping
  11. Number One
  12. La La La At the End
  13. Never Mind
  14. So Near So Far
  15. Singer Man
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Fiona did three combination tunes with Lloyd Brown for the latter's early 2004 released album "Dreams To Remember", and now there's the "Really Together" set featuring fifteen duets of these two multi-talented singers.
Fiona (Robinson) - born in May 1976 in Kingston, Jamaica - was hailed as following in the footsteps of Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt and Pam Hall. She initially found success when she gained three nominations at the 1998 Tamika Reggae Awards in the New Artist Of The Year category, due to the success of her single "I Could Fall In Love". It led to the release of her debut set, "Fiona's Moment", a critically acclaimed album featuring combinations with Brian Gold, Merciless and Teisha. Fiona maintained a credible profile when she released a series of hits including a cover version of "Oops I Did It Again", "Hold On", "Yours Tonight", "Sky", "Every Little Bit Hurts" and "Love Me", the latter of which was recorded in combination with Lukie D. In 2002 Fiona released her sophomore effort, "Wanna Make Love", which was followed by "Forever" in 2004.
Lloyd Brown was born in Clapton, East London and raised in Tottenham, North London. In 1977 he took his first trip to Jamaica where he saw a programme called "Where It's At", which is the Jamaican equivalent of "Top of the Pops". The number one record at that time was Dennis Brown and Big Youth's "Equal Rights". When he saw them perform it on TV he decided that he wanted to be a singer. However, before young Lloyd started out as a singer, he was a DJ on sound systems such as Unity, Jah Marcus and Exodus. In 1982 he became a professional singer with a band called Sweet Distortion. It wasn't until 5 years later in 1987 that Lloyd went solo after spending most of his time with Sweet Distortion touring and doing stage shows. Lloyd's first solo singles were radio hits on Unity Sound's record label. The first was "Music Medley" followed by "Ring Up My Number", but the majority of the reggae fans will remember his most famous track, the 1990 released "Sharing The Night Together". Throughout the nineties he continued to deliver some real fine tunes, including "Love U Down" and "Stress". In 1999 Saxon International unleashed his debut album "Rhyme & Reason", a double set that got rave reviews, but was hard to find outside the UK. In the new millenium his fans were treated to more hits and album releases including "Deep", "Against The Grain", "Dreams To Remember" and "Toe 2 Toe" (with Peter Hunnigale).
From beginning to end this collection of tunes is a special treat for fans of well produced lovers rock reggae. "Really Together" presents a mix of familiar hits and new compositions, performed by artists who have proven that they belong to the main singers in this genre. Among the familiar hits one finds a cover version of Bob & Marcia's "Really Together", Al Wilson's "Show And Tell", Ronnie Dyson's "Why Can't I Touch You", Judy Clay & William Bell's "Private Number" and The Stylistics' "Break Up To Make Up". Original tunes include "I Love The Way", "Never Mind", "So Near So Far" and the excellent "Creeping". Each track featured here fully shows that Fiona's smooth vocal delivery perfectly complements Lloyd Brown's rich R&B-dipped vocals. Add the smooth instrumentation and pulsing reggae riddims to it and it's obvious that the listener is treated to quality lovers rock music. The players of instruments on this set include Sly Dunbar, Lloyd Parks, Ranchie McLean, Lloyd Willis, Michael Fletcher, Computer Paul, Ansel Collins, Dwight Pinkney, Willie Lindo, Robbie Lyn and Mafia & Fluxy.
"Really Together" is a solid album, worthwhile playing when you're in a romantic mood.

Teacher & Mr. T.