Album review
VP Records-Walboomers Music

Tracking list

  1. Give Her Weh She Want
  2. Make Sure She Clean
  3. Players Haters
  4. Friends Like These
  5. Just Can't Stop
  6. i Don't Know featuring Lion
  7. Facts Of Life
  8. Mamma Is Here
  9. Rising featuring L.M.S.
  10. Life Goes On
  11. Love Can Make A Difference
  12. Just So Life Stay
  13. True Love
  14. Good To Know
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Turbulence - real name Sheldon Campbell - is one of Jamaica's freshest young roots stars, a committed Rastafarian singjay from the Hungry Town district of Kingston. This youngster is the latest protégé of Xterminator producer Phillip "Fatis" Burrell, whose talent spotting and artist development have already brought the reggae massive names like Thriller U, Pinchers, Sizzla, Luciano, Mikey General and Prince Malachi, to name a few. Turbulence was inspired by Bob Marley and modern roots artists like for example Luciano, Mikey General, Buju Banton, Norris Man, and of course, Sizzla. And although Turbulence has a similar voicing style to the latter, he has worked on a style of his own (however not immediately recognizable for the careless listener). His growing catalogue includes a hard-to-find debut album (simply called "Turbulence" and so far only released in the US) and innumerable 7" singles on "Xterminator", for whom he records more or less exclusively. The musical backdrops featured on this set are provided by such great musicians like Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Chris Meredith, Donald Dennis, Earl "Chinna" Smith and Ian "Beezy" Coleman, and range from ragga-oriented beats to modern roots riddims. Although Turbulence shows that he can bring a decent piece over a hardcore riddim, we rather prefer to hear him perform across a contemporary roots backdrop (in this case simply a matter of musical taste) as those kind of riddim tracks fit his vocal and lyrical delivery best. Thus Turbulence makes a serious impression on such truly superb tracks like the wicked album opener "Give Her Weh She Want", the awesome ""Facts Of Life" and the wonderful ""Life Goes On". Furthermore his skills and talent shine in the title track "Rising", a great tune delivered in combination with L.M.S. Other notable efforts on this set are "Players Haters", "Love Can Make A Difference" and "Good To Know". All in All "Rising" is a decent follow-up to Turbulence's debut set.

Teacher & Mr. T.