Take Me Away
Richie Stephens
Pot Of Gold
January 23, 2007

Richie Stephens Track list
  1. Strength Of Your Love
  2. Memories
  3. Staying Home
  4. Love You Like That
  5. Its Time
  6. Always Be There
  7. Take Me Away
  8. Love Specialist
  9. Screechy Joe
  10. Love Me Forever
  11. Let It Flow
  12. Baby I Want You Back
  13. Living In Paradise
  14. Ghetto Boy
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4
Richie Stephens is definitely not a new face to the reggae scene. He has been in the business for about twenty years. From steady employment as a musician on the hotel circuit of Jamaica's North Coast in the second half of the eighties to considerable international success in the nineties is the story of smooth-as-silk singer/composer Richie Stephens. Beginning as a Dennis Brown clone, Richie Stephens has since developed his own style. Although he mainly focuses on lovers rock Richie Stephens can deliver strong message songs as well. In 1997 he started his own label, "Pot Of Gold Productions". Only the first 2 tracks of this album are not produced by himself.

The strong voice of Stephens sounds through your speakers as the album kicks off with the great Strenght Of Your Love on the "Playlist" riddim. When the second tune Memories starts you can immediately hear the sweet saxophone of none other than Dean Fraser, who brings a lot of good vibes to this tune. The acapella start of Staying Home makes you recognise Stephens as we know him, as a mixer between roots reggae and romance. Love You Like That is a real sing along tune. Stephens' romance mood is continued on It's Time. On Always Be There he praises God and tells us not to worry. Take Me Away -- the album's title song and riding on the "Sail Away" riddim -- is a real good tune to listen to with your girl/boy. On Love Specialist he really comes true to his nickname "The Love Specialist", a great tune! Screechy Joe -- on the own produced "Screechy Joe" riddim -- is one of the many shining tunes found on this album. The latin music flavored Love Me Forever is a surprise on a slow romance album. The sad lyrics of Baby I Want You Back don't make this a sad tune. On the great Living In Paradise Stephens tells us what it is to be like him. Let It Flow also belongs to the sweet singalong songs included on this set, just like the last track, Ghetto Boy.

No doubt the singer's best album to date!