March 27 - 2005
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3|
Another installment in Jet Star's handy budget-priced "Reggae Max" series featuring twenty tunes performed by former deejay Prince Mohammed, who has forged a hugely successful second career as the singer with the Dennis Brown flavour specializing in ballads and adapted hymns. This decent compilation set consists of inspirational songs, the ones turned toward God, and worldly pieces that mostly deal with matters of the heart. Album opener "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel pop hit - topped reggae charts worldwide at the end of Spring 2004. George Nooks' powerful and mellifluous voice handles this song with ease, even adds some soulfulness, but for obvious reasons - mushy and way too familiar - we prefer to skip this track. Also the next track, "God Is Standing By", is a cover version that enjoyed considerable chart success. However this one doesn't urge us to give it the skip treatment as it is definitely one of Nooks' finest moments. The latter also include "God Is Always There" and the excellent "Guide Me" across the "Rock Away" riddim, as well as wonderful lovers tunes such as "Flower", "Swept Away", "Crying At Night", "I Don't Wanna Lose You" and "Next Time". Also worth of hearing are conscious tunes like "Live Up", the King Jammy produced "Perfect World" and "True Friend", which is voiced over a remake of Junior Byles' "Curly Locks" riddim.