Album review
Rhyme & Reason
Lloyd Brown
Saxon records
2 CD

Tracking list - Disc 1

  1. I Love You
  2. Pass It On
  3. The Father's Love
  4. Quality Time
  5. U.n.i.t.y
  6. Champagne Reggae
  7. Groovin'
  8. Real Love
  9. The Way I Feel featuring Lorna Asher
  10. Blackbirds
  11. Believe
  12. Nightshift
  13. Music featuring Peter Spence
  14. Forgive Me
Tracking list - Disc 2
  1. Lessons
  2. H.M.P.
  3. Tell Me Who
  4. We Need A Revolution
  5. Power Of Jah
  6. Stand Up
  7. Everything Is Everything
  8. Zion
  9. Put Down Your Arms
  10. Cry Freedom
  11. Dub Lessons
  12. Power Of Dub
  13. Stand Dub
  14. Whose Dub
  15. H.M.P. Dub
  16. Acappella From Zion
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Mr. Melody", Lloyd Brown, is blessed with a warm, soulful voice and definitely belongs to one of the UK's finest voices. Throughout the nineties he has delivered some real fine tunes, including UK number 1 hits "Sharing The Night", "Love U Down" and "Stress". Now this versatile singer/songwriter can be captured on a lavish two CD set entitled "Rhyme & Reason". Recorded at Easy Street and Stingray Studio and produced by Saxon's Lloyd "Musclehead" Francis this set contains a staggering thirty solid to truly excellent efforts. Disc one mainly deals with the kind of tunes that brought Lloyd Brown to the attention of a wide audience, namely tender lovers songs. Disc two features a lesser known side of Lloyd as it brings us roots all the way including five wicked dub pieces and a fine acapella version of the outstanding "Zion". Just one listen to this double album and it is obvious that one is treated to some well produced reggae music. Great musical backdrops are laid by some of the best musicians around including Mafia & Fluxy, Computer Paul, Jazwad, Kenton "Fish" Brown, Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie, Tony Phillips, Black Steel, Ernie Wilks, Henry "Buttons" Tenue, Winston "Saxton" Rose and Niles Hailstones, while background vocals are provided by Sylvia Tella, Lorna Asher, Peter Spence and Bonito Star, to name a few. It's really hard to point out the highlights as there are so many great tunes to enjoy. So, here are our favorite picks..."I Love You, "The Father's Love", "Real Love", "Music", "Lessons", "H.M.P.", "Power Of Jah", "Zion" and "Cry Freedom".
This excellent set definitely belongs to the best UK reggae releases of the late nineties. That's why "Rhyme & Reason" deservedly gets the qualification... "highly recommended"!

Teacher & Mr. T.